Came across this :
[SIZE=3]Boeing to Build 56 Additional A-10 Wings for US Air Force[/SIZE]
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 4, 2013 – Boeing will continue improving U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II mission readiness, and decreasing maintenance costs, through a follow-on order for 56 replacement wings for that aircraft.
Boeing is on contract to build up to 242 wings, including these, at its plant in Macon, Ga. Refitting the fleet with new wings will improve the mission availability of A-10s by an estimated 4 percent and will help save the Air Force an estimated $1.3 billion in maintenance costs during the next 30 years.
This latest order is valued at $212 million. Including this agreement, the Air Force has ordered 173 wings. The efforts of Boeing, its suppliers, and the Air Force will allow the A-10 fleet to operate into 2035.
Interesting news with the rumors going around about the Air Force plan to retire the A-10 in the near future, possibly as early as next year. Those rumors were maybe unfounded after all cause i dont see the USAF investing on a type that is on its way out of the inventory. Or are they that stupid ?
Let's face it, we need to build more of these suckers. Break out the tooling where ever it is and get the line going again.
Imagine how awesome a brand new build A-10 would be with all the improvements that have been made over the years.
Not sure the A-10 tooling still exists as Fairchild Republic went bankrupt a long time ago.
Considering they're still getting rid of F-111 tooling and jigs, I'm sure the A-10 stuff is still around.
Here's a fun article on the B-1 and it's tooling. Go to page 16 to see where it went
The A-10; "It's a Mother Beautiful plane Moriarity"