The A-10 Thunderbolt — most commonly known as “Warthog” has been considered the most amazing aircraft in the United States Air Force.
Recently, according to the Air Force, the 1970’s war plane will not be retired from action. President Trumps budget calls for the Air Force to keep and maintain its fleet of Warthogs (A-10 Thunderbolts) despite past plans to retire and replace this aircraft, along with the “Dragon Lady” —-a U-2 spy aircraft.
The A-10’s first flight was in 1975. It is the only airplane in the Air Force specifically designed for close-air support, which is very effective in the fight against ISIS. Pilots can fly slow enough to visually distinguish the difference between enemy and friendly forces without risking friendly fire casualties.
The A-10 can carry up to 16,000 pounds of bombs and missiles and is armed with a powerful 30-millimeter, seven-barrel Gatling gun, which can fire depleted uranium bullets at 3,900 rounds per minute.
The Air Force will evaluate the way it maintains the A-10 as the years progress. This will play a big part in the decision of when the A-10 will be retired.