- Air Force previously said A-10 plane would be retired in 2019, meeting opposition in Congress; Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein this year told lawmakers A-10 would be retained until 2021
- A-10 has flown 14% of U.S. strike sorties, comparable to F-15 jet and only below leading jet, F-16, which has flown 15%; coalition aircraft, including GR-4 Tornado, Typhoons and Rafales have flown a combined 14% of strike missions, U.S. says
- Navy F/A-18 fighters have flown 10% of strike sorties followed by: B-1B bomber at 8%, MQ-9 drones at 6.6%, B-52 bomber at 4.5%, Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier at 2.4% and stealth fighter F-22 at 1.5%
- After A-10, top bomb droppers in Islamic State campaign are: F-15 w/ 17,638, F-16 w/ 11,925, F/A-18 w/ 10,639, B-1B w/ 9,195, B-52 w/ 7,222, MQ-9 Reaper w/ 3,449, MQ-1 Predator w/ 3,108 and F-22 w/ 1,627
- NOTE: A-10 totals include precision-guided munitions and 30mm cannon round; each 100 rounds equals a “weapon,” Air Force says
- NOTE: Number of weapons and/or sorties doesn’t “necessarily indicate an increase or decrease in actual strikes, as a single strike often times involves multiple aircraft and weapons,” Air Forces Central Command says in email
- NOTE: Volume of sorties and or weapons “does not necessarily indicate success or progress in campaign against Islamic State,” Air Force says, adding effects measured by achievements on the ground
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