Air Force leader says A-10 retirement may be delayed


After years of fighting with lawmakers to retire the A-10, an Air Force general said Tuesday that new demands in combat are forcing the service to consider delaying the plane's retirement by several years.

Gen. Herbert Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, said the retirement of the "majority" of the aircraft would likely be delayed at least two to three years, according to reports.

"We have to retire the airplanes, but I think moving it to the right and starting it a bit later and maybe keeping around the airplane a bit longer is something that's being considered based on things as they are today and what we see in the future," Carlisle said at a Defense Writers Group breakfast.