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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Brutal Majesty

Photo via DailyAviator (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder)

That's how I'd sum up the A-10 Thunderbolt II or as it's more commonly known, the Warthog. To get an up close and interior look at the sheer firepower it's 30 mm cannon packs see the video below.

A full factsheet on the A-10, it's ordnance, designation and specifications can be found here. Hard to believe the USAF once considered discontinuing this machine.


Dick Stanley said...

They would have discontinued it because they hate "dirt divers" supporting infantry. They only want the wild blue, etc. But maybe they see the handwriting on the wall, that counter insurgency is the future and there ain't a lot of insurgent air forces or demand for carpet bombing.

Jay@Soob said...

I'd say you're exactly right Dick. We need fewer f-22's a more attack ships like the ac-130 and a-10. Pretty hard to provide effective close air support from 15,000 feet at mach 1.

Adrian said...

I think I'll start a political campaign - "Bring Back the Skyraider"

Jay@Soob said...

The a-10's grandfather. Cool.