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When enemy ground forces have you surrounded, you count on the A-10 Warthog to make things all better...and give you a chance to fight another day.
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is also known as the A-10 Warthog, or just “The Hog” or "The Hawg", and gets its nickname from all its bumps and protrusions.
It’s ability to take out armored vehicles also earns it the moniker of the Tankbuster.
It is really a giant gun first and a highly survivable plane second, which is why it is also known as the “Flying Gun”.
It has also become synonymous with Close Air Support.
If you think of the Warthog as a giant machine gun cannon with wings, and then add some armor, multiple armaments, and a sprinkling of redundant systems, then you begin to understand its true purpose and the breadth of its capabilities.
Soft targets, Tanks, Air Defense Systems, Booby-Trapped Buildings; it doesn’t matter. The A-10 can eat them for breakfast, and be home in time for lunch.
Despite 40 years of Air Force Brass trying to take the A-10 out of the sky, it still flies, strangely enough, because of the Army’s fight to keep it protecting troops on the ground.