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Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Cinderocka1989, May 21, 2011.
Thought you could all appreciate this...
Badass of the Week: The A-10 Warthog
A-10 Warthog. The pilots love them. The Ground pounders love them - they'd rather see ONE A10 come to their aid than ten F-16s.......
But the USAF brass has always been wanting to get rid of them - not as pretty or excting as the 'fast movers'......
They want to replace it with 'something'.... but NOTHING does what the A10 can do.
Nothing like close air support for the ground troops.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ-pdvirHDQ]YouTube - Close air support ~ A-10 Warthog‏[/ame]
You see the rounds hitting the ground and then at 13 seconds you hear the GAU-8 firing....that "hum" in the background.
The Air Force didn't like the Warthog because it's not "supersonic." When they wanted to get rid of them the Marines jumped up and said "we'll take them!!!!" Hell YEAH the Marines would take them. THEY are the ones who LOVE close-in air support......
Ain't that the truth?! Best CAS platform ever made and the USAF wants to scrap them. Pure idiocy.
Bit of Warthog trivia- the gun is offset from the centerline of the aircraft- but the barrel SHOOTING is on centerline. The GAU 8 makes two set of sparks when it hits the hull of tank- one set entering, one leaving. The entire gun is about the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. The aircraft can fly with one engine, half the tail, and missing one half of one wing. Pilot sits in what amounts to a titanium bathtub.
I want one for my birthday- but trying to find reloading dies in 30mm will be a *****!
I have always loved the a10, i think they are damn good looking aircraft.
A little more a10 trivia, the main gun firing produces as much thrust as both of the engines on full throttle (13,000 lb's)
And because of the proximity of the gun's barrel to the craft's centerline, the forward landing gear is off-set.
This is noboma's "budget reduction" replacement for the Warthog;
When i was in korea on a training excercise i saw a A10 and a F16 doing mock dogfight low and slow the F16 couldnt hang and the A10 stayed on his tail the whole time. Its one badaaaaaassss plane. Best aircraft in the airforce.
There was a video of an A-10 chasing an Iraqi Mi-24 from GW1 that was played on the History Channel a couple of years back. It was a pretty awesome duel, but the Hind came out on the losing end after some amazing flying. Gunned down by the GAU-8.
Dammit M14s, I want that footage!!
A-10, nuff said!
Saw a whole sh!tload of them in wraps in Tucson
Shouldn't they be Border Patrol
Me too, and I've looked for it.
Did I mention I want one of these... Just thought I'd throw that out there.
Military planes are the reason I'm going into aerospace engineering.