The design of this plane is very unusual because for the first time the airplane was designed around the weapon system, the tank killing 30 mm canon. The designers saw this flying tank destroyer as the force which will stop the incoming Red Army tank columns in the Fulda Gap.
The A-10 proved its usefulness during the Gulf War, the Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Currently, there is a discussion about phasing out the A-10 but somehow there is simply no platform which could take a beating but still deliver the blood nose to the enemy armor on the ground.
Here are other posts from the National Museum of USAF (Cold War Opponents: MiG-15 and F-86A Sabre (Winter 2013), B-29 “Bockscar”, modern military airplane, Cold War and Vietnam Era Planes and WW II aircraft), posts from the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center – this place is not getting old 🙂 (Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay”, Aichi M6A1, Vought F4-1D Corsair, Horten HO III F, Panoramas of Museum, Restoring the glory, WW II airplanes, Modern Military aircraft). Enjoy!