The Future of the A-10 with Col. Nick ‘Stoli’ Radoescu

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The Damcasters - The Aviation History Podcast
The Future of the A-10 with Col. Nick 'Stoli' Radoescu

The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, the Warthog, has been earmarked for retirement for over a decade, but what is happening today with the men and women who keep the Hogs flying into their sixth decade? Col Nick ‘Stoli’ Radoescu is the commander of the 355th Operations Group based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. He oversees the operations of four squadrons of A-10s and their support units, including the training of the next generation of Hog drivers. Stoli kindly sat down with Boney to chat about his career, the A-10 today and the future of the Close Air Support mission in the USAF, with the spectre of the F-35 hanging over the venerable Hog.

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00:00 Introduction and Welcome

02:48 Stolis’s Journey to the Air Force

05:44 First A-10 Flight and Firing the Gun

11:27 Training and Future of the A-10

18:39 Technological Advancements in the A-10

23:57 Incorporating New Weapons and Systems

25:35 Deployment Experiences and Mission Evolution

32:12 Challenges and Changes in the A-10 Community

42:51 Memorable Combat Stories

47:22 Conclusion

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