That's false. The Air Force is very much endeared to the A-10 on an emotional level. The A-10 motto "Low. Slow. Kill Everything Below" is quite popular. However, it is increasingly ancient history and they know it. The Air Force likes the A-10 the way it likes the P-51. A person we know well in the AF was on the primary base for A-10s training and maintenance. Really likes the A-10, but also know their era is in the past. The Air Force is NOT run by fighter jocks. Increasingly, it is run by a combination of technology geeks, combat missions units, and uniformed pencil pusher bureaucrats - increasingly at odds with each other. This is likely true for all branches of service.