While Congress and the U.S. Air Force spar over whether—and when—to retire the venerable A-10, the uncertainty is creating complex challenges for the men and women who keep the 40-year-old “Warthog” in fighting condition. The Air Force leans heavily on its fleet of 283 A-10s worldwide, particularly in the ongoing campaign against Islamic State group terrorists in Iraq and Syria. The Warthog flew nearly 87,000 flight hours in fiscal 2015, and there is no sign demand ...

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