The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthog is a single-seat, twin turbofan engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic for the United States Air Force USAF. It is commonly referred to by the nicknames Warthog or Hog, although the A-10s official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, a World War II fighter-bomber effective at attacking ground targets.5 The A-10 was designed for close air support CAS of friendly ground troops, attacking armored vehicles and tanks, and providing quick-action support against enemy ground forces. It entered service in 1976 and is the only production-built aircraft that has served in the USAF that was designed solely for CAS. Its secondary mission is to provide forward air controller – airborne support, by directing other aircraft in attacks on ground targets. Aircraft used primarily in this role are designated OA-10.
Vackert är det inte, är nog mest designad för att skrämma slag på motståndaren...