...Are Firehogs The Answer?
One voice in the wilderness is trying to gain support for converting surplus A-10 Warthog fighter jets into "Firehogs." Ed Herlik, a Colorado pilot, formed AeroTech Ltd. to work on converting the aircraft and training pilots. But first he has to convince the Pentagon to let them go, and so far that's been an uphill battle. The idea lacks the powerful supporters it would need to make headway in state and federal government, according to The Oakland Tribune. "There's unlimited money to fight wildfires after they start but none to develop air tankers that work," said Herlik. "Like modern combat, no amount of money will build an effective system after the wildfires start. It's a lethal 'come as you are' environment."