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A-10 Thunderbolt II

The A-10 Thunderbolt has excellent maneuverability at low airspeeds and altitude and is a highly accurate and survivable weapons-delivery platform.

Called the “Warthog” for its aggressive look and often painted with teeth on the nose cone, the A-10 Thunderbolt II is the U.S. Air Force’s primary low-altitude close air support aircraft best known for its GAU-8 Avenger 30mm Gatling gun designed to fire armor-piercing depleted uranium and high explosive incendiary rounds.

In the 1970s the threat of Soviet armored forces and all-weather attack operations had become more serious. Six companies submitted aircraft proposals, with Northrop and Fairchild-Republic selected to build prototypes: the YA-9A and YA-10A, respectively. General Electric and Philco-Ford were selected to build and test GAU-8 cannon prototypes.

First A-10 was delivered to the U.S. Air Force on 30 March 1976. By 1984, 715 airplanes had been built.
Head on aerial of a US Air Force (USAF) OA/A-10 Thunderbolt II observation/attack aircraft, piloted by USAF Captain (CPT) Andrew Quinn, 355th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS), Bagram Air Base (AB), Afghanistan (AFG), over Afghanistan
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Three Connecticut Air National Guard 103rd Fighter Wing A-10A Thunderbolt II attack aircraft fly in trail formation in preparation to aerial refuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft on April 10, 2007, as they fly to their new home base with the Arkansas Air National Guard 188th Fighter Wing at Fort Smith, Ark., as part of a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) reorganization. (U.S. Air Force photo by SENIOR MASTER SGT. Thomas Meneguin) (Released)

Three Connecticut Air National Guard 103rd Fighter Wing A-10A Thunderb...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Unknown Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SMSGT Thomas Meneguin, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mi... more

A U.S. Air Force 355th Fighter Squadron, 354th Operations Group, 354th Fighter Wing, A-10A Thunderbolt II attack aircraft fires its GAU-8/A 30 mm gatling gun during a low-angle strafing run over the Pacific Alaska Range complex, during a live-fire training exercise on May 29, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by AIRMAN 1ST Class Jonathan Snyder) (Released)

A U.S. Air Force 355th Fighter Squadron, 354th Operations Group, 354th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Jonathan Snyder, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Di... more