Close Air Support in SEA On the hot flight line at Phu Cat Air Base, Airmen 2nd Class Francis Branch (left) and John Sellung remove a 20mm cannon from an F-100 in October 1967. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Close Air Support in SEA On the hot flight line at Phu Cat Air Base, Airmen 2nd Class Francis Branch (left) and John Sellung remove a 20mm cannon from an F-100 in October 1967. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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US Air Force aircraft | United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II Close Air Support Aircraft ... Can never have too many pig photos... I want a Warthog..

US Air Force aircraft | United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II Close Air Support Aircraft ... Can never have too many pig photos... I want a Warthog..

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CAS-1 Close Air Support Concept Aircraft, Tom Alfaro on ArtStation at https://www.artstation.com/artwork/qe0yy

CAS-1 Close Air Support Concept Aircraft, Tom Alfaro on ArtStation at https://www.artstation.com/artwork/qe0yy

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CAS-1 Dual Configuration Close Air Support Platform by Tom Alfaro via http://conceptships.blogspot.com/

CAS-1 Dual Configuration Close Air Support Platform by Tom Alfaro via http://conceptships.blogspot.com/

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The F.E 2d was one of the first aircraft to be used for close air support in 1917 (the observer is demonstrating the use of the rear-firing Lewis gun).

The F.E 2d was one of the first aircraft to be used for close air support in 1917 (the observer is demonstrating the use of the rear-firing Lewis gun).

concept ships: CAS-1 Dual Configuration Close Air Support Platform by Tom Alfaro
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U.S. Air Force Combat Control JTACs from the 21st Special Tactics Squadron call for close air support during training with an A-10 Thunderbolt II

U.S. Air Force Combat Control JTACs from the 21st Special Tactics Squadron call for close air support during training with an A-10 Thunderbolt II

The US Air Force operates a plane called the A-10 Thunderbolt II that was designed to do just that.  Built around a fearsome 30 mm cannon that can shoot 70 armor-piercing rounds of depleted uranium ammunition per second, it is the most lethal close air support weapon in the world.

The US Air Force operates a plane called the A-10 Thunderbolt II that was designed to do just that. Built around a fearsome 30 mm cannon that can shoot 70 armor-piercing rounds of depleted uranium ammunition per second, it is the most lethal close air support weapon in the world.

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