A-10 Desert Storm Nose Art from My Base, RAF Alconbury, UK. The Entire Squardron were Custom Painted to "Greet" Mr. Hussain during the "Shock and Awe" of Desert Storm! No Aircraft Losses from Our Squadron, They Kicked Ass!
An Idaho Air National Guard A-10, Thunderbolt II, from the 190th Fighter Squadron, Boise, Idaho fires off flares on departure from receiving fuel from a 151st Air Refueling Wing KC-135 during a training mission
The A-10 Warthog has been on the chopping block for a long time. The Cold War era airplane survives because it remains the most effective close air support platform. Its unique rugged design allows it to "loiter" better than faster jets. The titanium "bathtub" protects pilots from ground based small arms fire. Some of the highly survivable Warthogs have returned safely to base even with large battle damage holes the wings.