The “Warthog” is a ground attack plane developed and designed by the company Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. It was built at the request of the U.S. Air Force to provide close air support (CAS) for ground forces by attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with a limited capacity air interdiction. It’s known for its slow speed, but also for its heavy endurance, which makes up for the slow speed. It’s famously known for being able to take hits that would stop other planes in their tracks. It was the first U.S. Air Force aircraft designed exclusively for CAS missions.
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Its true name is the A-10 Thunderbolt II, but is called the Warthog, or simply Hog, by the crew. The Thunderbolt II designation comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter bomber that was particularly effective at close air support missions. As a secondary mission, the Warthog provides forward air control, guiding other aircraft against ground targets. It has participated in combat operations in the Gulf War, in conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo, as well as in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. After being modernized several times, it is expected that the A-10 is not to be replaced by the new F-35 Lightning II until 2028 or later.
Here, we can watch a true workhorse in every sense of the word during combat training by the Michigan Hometown Air Force 127th Wing. Check it out: