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USAF Tankbuster A10 Thunderbolt II Warthog & 30mm Gatling Gun

The A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. The A-10 was designed for a United States Air Force requirement to provide close air support (CAS) for ground forces by attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with a limited air interdiction capability. It is the first U.S. Air Force aircraft designed exclusively for close air support.[3]

The A-10 was designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a heavy automatic cannon which forms the aircraft's primary armament. The aircraft's hull incorporates over 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of armor and was designed with survivability as a priority, with protective measures in place which enable the aircraft to continue flying even after taking significant damage.

The A-10's official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support. The A-10 is more commonly known by its nickname "Warthog" or simply "Hog".[4] As a secondary mission, it provides airborne forward air control, guiding other aircraft against ground targets. A-10s used primarily in this role are designated OA-10.[5] The A-10 is expected to be replaced in 2028 or later.

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Added: Jan-23-2011 
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  • I worked A-10s for the first four years of my career in Myrtle Beach, SC.....1980-84. Loved the plane, but the damned things carry too much ordinance! Worked my ass into the ground!


    Joke was, A-10s get bird-strikes from the rear (because they're so slow). Oh, really? I can't think of any other ACFT I'd want to be in. Fly out there and scream, "F-ck with me! C'mon, bring it!"


    After the first Gulf war, no one cracks jokes anymore. That's a bad MF right there....

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  • what a great plane.

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  • I know all about these planes. Yet I STILL clicked the link right away.....

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  • I grew up in Alexandria, LA -- England Airforce Base (now closed). This was the home of the A-10.

    They would practice near Kisatchie Natl Forest near Kincaid Lake -- and you could hear their cannon for 40 miles (esp on a crisp, cold day).

    It's a magnificent sound, and a magnificent plane. The USAF was going to replace them with a an A-16 (F-16 converted to "attack") but then the Gulf War came along and the A-10 proved itself beautifully. Once the air is controlled by friendlies, the More..

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    • dude, born & raised in Shreveport/Bossier. We had scores of A 10s based at Barksdale AFB. I would fly the cessna down to coushatta (the middle of Lady MOA at the time) on weekends to visit mom and family. One afternoon on my way back to DTN I looked at my 3 o clock just to see a A 10 50 yards off my right with at 3k feet. Flaps down, Gear down, the works. Dirty as hell. He gave me a friendly wave and broke right at about 45 degrees. It was very cool.

      I sure miss the A 10s and the KC 10s tha More..

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    • F*cking love those planes man, what you saw must of been awsome, would of loved to see a photo of that.

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  • I love this machine!

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  • "..is expected to be replaced in 2028 or later."
    Long service! Beautiful plane and the roar of the gun is epic.

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  • beautiful beast, takes a pounding and loved but everyone. Cant believe they wanna get rid of it.

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  • God, what a sexy beast.

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  • They should call these babies Spitfires!

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  • but a real A-10 video must have a gun burst!

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  • Beautiful beast.

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