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The Air Force’s A-10: Last year, the Air Force tried to retire the Warthog fleet to free up cash for other, newer aircraft that could take over its close-air support mission—but Congress refused. “I would go to Vegas and put my money on it” being slashed from this budget request, Eaglen said. There’s already opposition brewing: Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire (whose husband is a former A-10 pilot) is leading the charge on Capitol Hill.