A-10 Thunderbolt II in depth: Upgrades and politics

The USAF finally has permission to divest some of its operational fleet of A-10s – though there is still Congressional support for the Thunderbolt II.

Officially named the Thunderbolt II, but better known as the Warthog, the A-10C is a specialised CAS aircraft tasked with interdiction, Forward Air Controller-Airborne (FAC-A), CSAR, and Strike Control and Reconnaissance missions. The 281 aircraft fleet is almost exactly evenly divided between active duty and reserve component units.

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