Entering service in 1978, the heavily armored A-10 was specifically designed for close troop ground support. The entire plane was built around a powerful 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon which excelled at neutralizing tanks/armored vehicles and quick action against ground forces.
Named after the famed aviation pioneer, General William “Billy” Mitchell, the North American B-25 Michell bomber served in every theater during World War II. It was a medium-sized bomber with a carrying capacity of about 5,000 pounds (2268 kg). Nearly 10,000 B-25s were produced.
Designed as a supersonic, highly maneuverable, multi-role, tactical fighter. Since initial production in 1978, over 4,600 F-16s have been built in many different variations. Production stopped in 2017 in favor of newer aircraft like the F-35 Lightning.
The F-22 is a stealth, twin-engine, tactical fighter built from 2005 to 2012. Its combination of advance avionics systems, stealth, and aerodynamic enable unprecedented air combat capabilities. About 187 are currently in service.