Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II

single-seat close air support and battlefield interdiction aircraft
Max Speed
381 kt / 439 mph
Max Range
402 km / 250 miles
span 17.53 m / 57 ft 6 in length 16.26 m / 53 ft 4 in height 4.47 m / 14 ft 8 in
empty 11,321 kg / 24,959 lb maximum take off 22,680 kg / 50,000 lb
two 4112-kg (9,065-lb) dry thrust General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofans
one 30 mm GAU-8/A rotary cannon with capacity for up to 1,350 rounds of ammunition, plus provision for up to 7258 kg (16,000 lb) of disposable stores carried on 11 hardpoints; weapons options include conventional bombs, incendiary bombs, Rockeye cluster bombs, AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles, laser and optronically guided bombs and SUU-23 20-mm cannon pods
United States
Aircraft Overview:

One important lesson learned from the jungles of Vietnam was the ever-present danger to attack aircraft from ground fire. Lowing flying AH-1A Huey Cobra's, A-7 Corsair II's, and A-1 Skyraiders, for example, were constantly sent into battle at low altitudes amid raking fire to attack ground targets. However, despite an attack aircrafts vulnerability to ground fire, their accuracy and devastating weaponry easily neutralized ground opposition. The A-10, affectionately nicknamed the "Warthog", was built from the ground up with lessons learned in the Vietnam War. The A-10 has gained a reputation for being able to send its pilots through hell and still see them safely back to base. Since its introduction in 1976, it has been a bane on armour and stationary defences alike.

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