The A-10 Warthog is one aircraft that really doesn’t need any introduction. It’s introduction usually goes something like, BRRRRRRRRRRRT!!! I can say that I have had the opportunity to see a couple bomb runs from this beast in my time in the Air Force. It is absolutely amazing and there is a reason why our ground troops love this plane and our enemies on the ground hate it. Yes it flies slow and isn’t going to win any dog fights, but it is built like a tank. The A-10 has a titanium armor to protect the cockpit and the pilot. It’s ability to take off and land from small airstrips makes it ideal for being deployed near the battlefield for close air support. The 30 mm GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling-type cannon can fire up to 4200 rounds per minute. BRRRRRRRRRRT!!!
The US Air Force has been trying to retire the Warthog for several years now. They have made proposals that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and MQ-9 Reaper can take over it’s role in close air support. Ask any of our ground troops how they feel about this. Congress has been doing a good job of blocking it too, because they actually realize the importance of the A-10. Air Force is fighting it because with the importance of the F-35 program, they do not have enough maintainers to go around. Simple fix, stop cutting our numbers in the military Congress and then the Air Force want put up such a fight. The Gulf War in 1991 was when the A-10 saw it’s 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, period.
This US Air Force A-10 Warthog Diecast Challenge coin is the 8th aircraft I designed. As you can see we are truly changing the challenge coin game with our unique designs. When we design these coins we try to incorporate the history of the aircraft to make this a true collectible item. 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 “Our Might Always”, which I really think fits the Warthog and that is why I put it on the bottom of this diecast coin.
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