US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II âWarthogâ Challenge Coin Description
The US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II, also know as âWarthogâ, was specifically designed for close air support. Most people refer to them as tank killers. The A-10 has been under attack to be retired for several years now and the talks have been heating up. Even though they belong to the Air Force, it is the ground troops from the Army and Marine Corps that mostly donât want to see them go away. The 355th Fighter Wing out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona was the first Unit to receive this battle tank of an aircraft. The 355th patch reads âOur Might Alwaysâ, which I really think fits the Warthog. The Gulf War in 1991 was when the A-10 saw its first combat time, and they are still flying about 11% of the sorties today in combat. There is no other aircraft that can do what the A-10 does. The Air Force says they plan to develop the replacement for this tank killing beast, but right now I donât see anything taking the place of the A-10 Warthog.