A-10 Thunderbolt II history
The first production A-10A was delivered to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., in October 1975.
It was designed specially for the close air support mission and had the ability to combine large military loads, long loiter and wide combat radius, which proved to be vital assets to the United States and its allies during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Noble Anvil. In the Gulf War, A-10s had a mission capable rate of 95.7 percent, flew 8,100 sorties and launched 90 percent of the AGM-65 Maverick missiles.
A-10 camoflage trials
Two seat A-10 prototype
A-10 over Kuwaiti oil fields