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America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle

For more than 30 years, the A-10 Thunderbolt II—better known as the Warthog because it’s so ugly—has performed a crucial role: attacking hostile targets that threaten troops on the ground, a task called close air support. The plane, designed for the Cold War, is old. It’s slow. And it’s about as sophisticated as a hammer. But it is heavily armored and wickedly armed, making it a ruthlessly effective weapon. And that is why, despite ongoing efforts by Defense Department brass to kill it, the… ( Más...

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Tim Swift 2
Great article. The A-10 is old but no plane has wrecked havoc and put more fear in enemies on the ground. I remember hearing those 50's being shot. Pssssssst. ISIS is going to •••• their loincloths when they hear those Warthogs coming.
James Driskell 1
30mm depleted Uranium slugs for tank busting.
..This my friends is the one of the Coolest and meanest planes around...a thing of BEAUTY !....
Always will be my favourite !!...
preacher1 1
I'm just wondering why ANG squadrons rather than Active duty, regular Air Force are deployed. Even during Iraq, the 188thTFW, an ANG squadron out of FSM was deployed over there for awhile when they still had the hogs.
canuck44 1
To add insult to injury the nose art featuring fish needs to be replaced with pigs and dogs.
preacher1 1
matt jensen 1


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