Without role stormtroopers A-10A Thunderbolt II Allied forces would have suffered more losses in the ground operation «Storm of the Desert» in February 1991.
This is evidenced by the facts that occurred during the day February 25, 1991 the first — on the second day of ground operations.
On that day, a large column of Iraqi tanks moving south from areas controlled by the Republican Guard, and two «Warthog» («Warthogs» — more commonly nicknamed A-10), belonging to the 76th Tactical Fighter Squadron 23rd Tactical Fighter wings were raised to their liquidation.
Two A-10 under captain piloting Solomonsona Eric (Eric Solomonson) and Lieutenant John Marks (John Marks) were focused in the area of advanced attack aircraft gunner OA-10 FAC (Forward Air Controller).
Solomonson Marx saw that some Iraqi tanks scattered and tried to hide in the terrain, the tanks went off the road on both sides.
But it was pretty targets for infrared missiles AGM-65 Maverick and massive 7-barrel cannon GAU-8 / A Avenger 2-yx «Warthog.»
Within 10 minutes 6 tanks were destroyed «Meyverikami» two tanks were broken up massive guns «Evenzher.»
Instead of going back to their base, «Thunderbolt» landed on the leading place-based (Forward Operating Location — FOL), where they refuel and recharge weapon and took off again, that assist the Marines nearby Kuwait.
Aircraft Solomonsona and Marx focused on the data from the fighter-bomber in the F/A-18 Hornet landing area 2-pilots AV-8B Harrier. One of the 2-pilots «Harrier» has already been evacuated because «Warthogs» had to cover the rescue operation to save the second pilot.
Then, newcomers to the area of the attack, two A-10 for the time kutsee killed eight more tanks: 6 by «Meyverikov» and using two guns.
But Solomonsona and Marx was not the time to rest, when they returned to their home base: their «Thunderbolt» again and again were armed went to support the Marines. During the third sortie two «Warthog» killed seven tanks!
In the book «Gulf Air War Debrief» Stan Morse (Stan Morse) during an interview Solomonson says: «There are a lot of planes that fly much faster, much higher, but they fail to be on the battlefield so long and fine as we. «
A-10 is one of the most effective U.S. warplanes. It will further be replaced by F-35.