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.
This 1/72 scale, die cast model — a Hobby Master replica of an A-10C nicknamed "Hairless Joe," flying with the 47th Fighter Squadron in 2012 — features recessed panel lines, signature shark mouth nose art, an opening canopy, a well-equipped cockpit (with panel instrumentation and a removable pilot figure), signature twin turbofan engines, full weapons complement, optional-position landing gear, authentic markings, and a display stand. Measures approximately 8¾" long with a 9¾" wingspan.
Hobby Master: HA1325