It’s official name is the A-10 Thunderbolt II. But nobody calls it that. It’s the Warthog.
Why? Because it’s very ugly and very dangerous – and it’s every rifleman and grunt’s best friend.
When they say the A-10 is a plane built around a gun, this is what they mean:
The cannon and it’s distinctive BRRRRRRRRRT sound have become the soldier’s best friend over Iraq and Afghanistan and are irreplaceable for the job they do – and that’s why Congress keeps extending the service life of the now 40 year old aircraft.