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The A-10 'Warthog' keeps flying

An A-10 Thunderbolt II from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, displaying serpentine nose art around the 30 mm GAU-8/A Gatling Gun while being mid-air refueled during a boss lift and training flight over Michigan on July 11, 2012.

JEREMY M. WILSON/USAF

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 2, 2014

When the Air Force announced plans to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft, also known as the "Warthog," the outcry from servicemembers was loud, steady ... and ultimately heard in the halls of Congress.

Last month, the House voted to bar the Air Force from axing the plane, a move that pleased those who valued the A-10's abilities in support of ground troops.

Here's a look at the venerable "Warthog," and some of the people who fly it and keep it flying.

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Maintainers with the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron work on a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II during phase maintenance at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Aug. 9, 2012.
RAYMOND GEOFFROY/USAF

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