It’s an unusual sight to see A-10s landing on a road.
Austere landings were relatively common during the Cold War as military planners sought contingencies in case air bases were destroyed in a large-scale conflict.
The A-10 was designed for close-in support of ground troops, close air support, providing quick-action support for troops against helicopters, vehicles, and ground troops.
It entered service in 1976 and is the only production-built aircraft that has served in the USAF that was designed solely for CAS. Its secondary mission is to provide forward air controller – airborne (FAC-A) support, by directing other aircraft in attacks on ground targets. Aircraft used primarily in this role are designated OA-10.