Attack Plane Gallery

Four A-7 Corsairs in formation

The attack plane first saw widespread use during World War II when both Allied and Axis nations developed aircraft to give ground troops close-in support. This class of aircraft saw even more use in Korea and Vietnam where they were called upon to destroy enemy artillery emplacements, harrass enemy troops during search-and-rescue operations, cut enemy supply lines, destroy SAM and anti-aircraft gun defenses, and cover ground troops during both offensives and retreats. With today's tightening defense budgets and rising aircraft costs, most of the missions associated with attack aircraft have been taken over by multi-role fighters like the F-16, MiG-29, and Eurofighter Typhoon. As a result, fewer dedicated attack aircraft will be seen in the near-future.

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