The difference between a 'trait' and a 'characteristic' is that a 'trait' is genetically inherited while a 'characteristic' is a variable.so in short it depends on the aircraft. i agree on the point that it can cover great distances quickly, but i dont think i mentioned it being heavily armoured as that would be a trait for helicopter-gunships which get to face the enemy face to face in some cases which can get ugly hence the amour is needed. b2's and a10s have a genetic similarity but thats where the similarities. one is a close combat tank smasher and excellent for coin. whilst the other is more for long range strikes either in or out of enemy airspace dependant on the country and payload but as aerial defence is getting far more advanced it would probably launch alcm's to said target.
The moment you design an aircraft, there are genetic traits that cannot be removed, else it would stop being an aircraft. It does not matter if the aircraft is infused with characteristics that are suitable for one situation but not others, as long as there are shared immutable traits, all aircrafts belongs to the same species, and as such, it is us who limits the aircraft's potential based upon our desires.
Proposition 3 -- the aircraft as inherently an offensive platform -- is founded upon perception and reality.
The perception and reality is that if I cannot see the threat, I cannot engage the threat, even though I know it is there, whether that threat is over the river/hill/mountain or over an ocean. That perception have existed for as long as man have been engaging in warfare. Airpower irreversibly upset that perception.
The first combat engagement of an aircraft against an over the horizon threat was communication, as in intelligence of what is that threat. The army ground commander was informed of what the enemy army was doing, as in movement direction and rate, which led to projection of where that enemy might be in the future. We are not talking about an occasional bomb dropped on a few enemy ground troops, but what was the persistent capability of the aircraft at that time, which was mainly reconnaissance and communicate what was found in details and speed unheard of before.
Intelligence produces indirect and delayed responses to threats. Weapons delivery is direct and immediate. Given the choice, a ground army commander will always chose to engage the enemy from as far away as possible, with as few resources as possible, and with as lethal weapons as possible. From this perspective, close air support (CAS) can be interpreted as an exception to the rule.