The A-10 Thunderbolt II is
also affectionately known as the "Warthog". For close-in ground
support, there is nothing in the US inventory that even comes close.
The low speed and tremendous armor, coupled with the 30mm gatling gun
make this aircraft one mean machine. There are many stories and
pictures of these aircraft being chewed up by ground fire and flak, yet
returning their pilots safely home. I have personally witnessed what
these aircraft do to tanks, and it is deadly.
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