The only USAF aircraft designed solely for close air support, including attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets, the A-10 Thunderbolt II — or "Warthog" — was introduced in 1977 and remains in service with a projected lifespan extending to 2028. Its Thunderbolt name is an homage to the P-47, an effective close air support aircraft during World War II.
Part of Air Force 1's Smithsonian Series, this 1/144 scale, die cast model is a reproduction of a Warthog as it appeared with the 23rd Fighter Wing stationed in England in 1989. It features engraved surface details, a glazed canopy, a well-equipped cockpit, signature twin turbofan engines and offset landing gear, and an all-metal display stand. Measures approximately 4½" long with a 4¾" wingspan.