Would you hazard an educated opinion on the A-10 ? My understanding is that there was much scepticism about the rationale behind the Hog especially in Western Europe.
Ha. I have no first-hand knowledge of the A-10, and other than a copy of the Flight Manual have no definitive sources to consult. My personal opinion is that it is a very capable machine obviously designed to deal with massed armour in the event of WW 3, that is now being deployed for tasks it was never designed, or intended to do. It has obviously been improved over the years and is still a valid weapon in the arsenal of the USAF. I wish the RAF had a couple of squadrons of them, but I doubt todays light blue hierarchy would agree - even if the Treasury did!
Moreover, I seem to recall reading somewhere that said scepticism was particularly strong in the RAF, which makes your opinion even more interesting.
I don't remember any consensus of CrabAir opinion about the Thunderbolt II. Only the observation that the US alone can afford such a wide variety of types in their inventory. The logistical problems of having so many to operate, maintain, service, upgrade and provide air and ground crews for must be the stuff of nightmares.