This is a clear case of NIMBY (Not in MY Backyard). The two yardbirds from Ohio just couldn't see their pet project facility shut down so here we are! Unwanted aircraft for an unwanted mission. Why not dust off a few C-123s?
And to think the Air Force was about to dump the A-10's in the late 1980s because it wasn't as pretty F-16. Some of the AF big wigs thought(that's a novel notion) the F-16 could do the job of the A-10. Then the balloon went up in Iraq all of a sudden, the A-10 was everybody's favorite. And they still are if you want close air support!
The last thing I want is some one jabbering on his cell phone while sitting next to me on a flight in an aluminum sausage. If he needs to communicate (and in most cases, it's not essential), then let him pay the wifi fee and use email!
So let's keep the ban in place.