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US attack aircraft unsuitable for combat use


American ground attack aircraft were susceptible to overload during the flight.

According to US news agencies, the command of the US Air Force decided to temporarily suspend the operation of 28 A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft because of their vulnerability to overloading. On the technical side, this moment does not affect, however, this causes the symptoms of hypoxia about the pilots, which means that during the flight and combat, pilots can lose consciousness and suffocate.

The exact circumstances are being clarified by specialists, however, to date, it has been suggested that due to the design feature of the oxygen supply valve, strong overloads do not allow it to function properly.

Experts do not exclude that if the commission determines that the elimination of identified malfunctions will require imposing costs, the US Department of Defense can and do write off these aircraft, the replacement of which the US Air Force currently lacks.

Earlier it was reported that US military pilots complained about the increased incidence of hypoxia on other aircraft, among which we can distinguish the fighters F-18, F-22 and even F-35, while the Pentagon prefers not to comment on this situation.

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