The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American twin-engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. It is the only United States Air Force production aircraft designed solely for close air support, including attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with limited air defenses. The A-10 was designed around the 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon that is its primary armament. The A-10’s airframe was designed for durability, with measures such as 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of titanium armor to protect the cockpit and aircraft systems, enabling it to absorb a significant amount of damage and continue flying. The A-10’s official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support. The A-10 is more commonly known by its nicknames “Warthog” or“Hog”. Its secondary mission is to provide airborne forward air control, directing other aircraft in attacks on ground targets. The A-10’s service life may be extended to 2028, though there are proposals to retire it sooner.
A Fleet Air Arm F-4K Phantom with 892 NAS
towers over it’s American cousin, an F-4J of VF-33 aboard USS Independence in 1971. British Phantoms featured larger intakes, more powerful Rolls-Royce Spey engines and longer telescopic nose wheels to achieve shorter take-off.
Boeing-Vertol ACH-47A “Stump Jumper”, one of the four “Guns-A-Go-Go” experimental heavy assault helicopters that made up 53rd Aviation Detachment Field Evaluation (Provisional). Stump Jumper, along with her sister birds “Birth Control”, “Easy Money”, and “Co$t of Living” operated in-country as part of the 1st Cavalry’s 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion. Stump Jumper was destroyed in a landing accident shortly after this photo was taken, Co$t of Living would crash due to her heavy 20mm cannon vibrating loose and throwing her balance off during an assault, and Birth Control was destroyed by mortar fire during the Tet Offensive. Easy Money served as a maintenance trainer for the rest of the war, and was restored and put on permanent display at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.
“Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver bombers return to their carrier after a mission supporting Marines fighting on Iwo Jima, March 1945. The planes’ tail markings indicate that they are from USS Lexington (CV-16). Photographed by a member of the Steichen unit.”
Note: the Steichen unit refers to the
Naval Aviation Photographic Unit commanded by Edward Steichen.