It’s the classic “flashy new rookie challenges aging champion” scenario, reminiscent of a Rocky movie. The F-35 vs. A-10 flyoff is coming, but the jury’s out on which jet will stay standing.

The spaceship-like F-35 has been heavily anticipated since its development began in the 1990s. Meanwhile, the A-10 Warthog has provided the Air Force with close air support since it entered service in 1976 and has developed a loyal fan base along the way.

Now these aircraft are slated to go head to head in comparison tests mandated by the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

Warthog proponents say the F-35 cannot fully replace the A-10; F-35 enthusiasts claim the aging A-10 isn’t as well suited to confront today’s threats.

Which one would you select, which aircraft would you bet on?

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