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The A-10 Thunderbolt II, also known as the "Warthog" or "Hog", is a single-seat, twin-turbofan, straight-wing, subsonic attack aircraft. It was developed by Fairchild Republic for the United States Air Force (USAF) and has been in service since 1976. The A-10 is designed for close air support of ground forces, such as those combating tanks and other armored vehicles. It's often painted with teeth on the nose cone because of its aggressive look.

The A-10's GAU-8 30 mm rotary cannon is one of the most powerful fitted to an aircraft to date. The rapid bursts from its seven barrels firing 65 rounds per second are responsible for the A-10's famous raspy sound.

The A-10 was known and beloved for its close air support role in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last two decades. However, the Air Force says the low-and-slow-flying plane would not be able to survive in a fight against a nation with modern air defenses, like China. The USAF wants to retire all A-10s by 2029.

A-10 Thunderbolt "Warthog"


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