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By Aaron Mehta, Staff writer
WASHINGTON — A quartet of powerful senators are warning that anything less than keeping the A-10 fully active in the Air Force is unacceptable, a day after a compromise about the retirement of the plane appeared to have been floated by the House Armed Services Committee (HASC).
The HASC markup, released Monday, included language that would block the retirement of the A-10, commonly known as the Warthog, unless the service agreed to keep it in “type-1000” storage at the Davis-Monthan boneyard. Type-1000 storage is the “warmest” storage type, with the planes being kept close to operational levels.