The 107th Fighter Squadron of the Michigan Air National Guard, based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base near Detroit, will be keeping the (and I think I speak for all of us) BELOVED A-10s. According to Defense News, the 2018 Pentagon budget ensures the planes will not be retired and will remain funded. For years, the debate has raged about retiring the (now) 40 year-old "tank killers" and replacing them with something newer (and much more expensive), like the F-35.

And, not only will the A-10s NOT be retiring, but the budget allows for the continued funding of the U-2 spy planes. Which have been flying for 60 years - even though the newest models are "only" about 35 years old and have been been rebuilt and upgraded many times.

And they're still putting out great music, so....(hey - no groaning - that was funny!)

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