IN THE SKY, IN SPACE AND IN THE NEWS
THE PIG STILL FLIES. An A-10 Thunderbolt II, better known as the Warthog for its brawny bad looks, inches toward an air tanker over northeast Afghanistan. The U.S. Air Force wants to retire the 300 remaining A-10s to save money, but supporters say its replacement, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter,
can’t fill its niche: flying low and slow to support ground troops. Legislators recently appropriated funds to operate at least part of the fleet for another year. The Air Force just sent several A-10s back to the Middle East, where they support Iraqi troops against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).