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That's gotta sting...

 To go from a Fighter Wing to an ISR wing - except, in fact, the 188th started life as a reconnaissance unit.  But still, to go from A-10s to RQ-9 Reapers (i.e., piloted aircraft to UAS) has got to sting.

arkansas_hawgs.jpg A pair of U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 188th Fighter Wing, Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Fort Smith, Ark., fly in formation over Kansas, June 7, 2014. The aircraft were the final two A-10s to depart Fort Smith as the 188th transitions from a fighter mission to an intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance/remotely piloted aircraft mission. (DoD photos by Senior Airman Sierra Dopfel, U.S. Air Force/Released)


We need more of both types of aircraft, and especially the skills of the A-10 pilots.

Robo planes are nice, and can be valuable assets, but as an additional option to kill people and break things, not a replacement for the proven A-10.