The A-10 Thunderbolt II was a jet ground attack aircraft used by the US Air Force during the Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraki Freedom. The A-10 was developed by the American firm Fairchild for the United States Air Force. The prototype YA-10 performed its first test flight on May 10, 1972. After several trials and upgradings, the Thunderbold II, nicknamed Warthog, entered service with the US Air Force in March 1976. Variants: A-10A, A-10B, OA-10A, A-10C.
The A-10 Thunderbolt is also known as the Warthog, the 'flying gun' and the Tankbuster. The aircraft was used extensively during Operation Desert Storm, in support of Nato operations in response to the Kosovo crisis, in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and in Operation Iraqi Freedom.