The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American single-seat,
twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the
The A-10 was designed for a United States Air Force requirement to provide
close air support (CAS) for ground forces by attacking tanks, armored
vehicles, and other ground targets with a limited air interdiction capability. It is
the first U.S. Air Force aircraft designed solely for close air support.
The A-10 was designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a heavy rotary cannon
which forms the aircraft's primary armament (and is, to date, the largest
weapon ever mounted on an aircraft).
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