Analysis, Entertainment, VR World

Video: A-10 Warthog Six Minutes Of Awesome

If you like military things, the much famed A-10 Warthog close air support (CAS) vehicle of death will certainly bring smiles to your face.

This airplane has been on the chopping block for as long as I can remember, giving way in public’s eyes to some better looking and less capable airplanes like the F-35 for example. On the other hand, to many, this is one of the most ugly beautiful pieces of military hardware ever built.

The idea was simple: try to add the biggest gun you can to an aircraft. This was made by designing the plane around the massive seven barrel gattling gun, found in the plane. It delivers 30mm shells that can chop off parts of a tank and anything else that stands in its way, all without much trouble.

An A-10 Thunderbolt II, assigned to the 74th Fighter Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, GA, returns to mission after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, over the skies of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, May 8, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. William Greer)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II, assigned to the 74th Fighter Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, GA, returns to mission after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, over the skies of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, May 8, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. William Greer)

In the original design, the pilot could switch between two rates of fire: 2,100 or 4,200 rounds per minute; this was changed to a fixed rate of 3,900 rounds per minute. The cannon takes about half a second to come up to speed, so 50 rounds are fired during the first second, 65 or 70 rounds per second thereafter. The gun is accurate enough to place 80 percent of its shots within a 40-foot (12.4 m) diameter circle from 4,000 feet (1,220 m) while in flight. The GAU-8 is optimized for a slant range of 4,000 feet (1,220 m) with the A-10 in a 30 degree dive.

This video showcased the A-10 Thunderbolt performing the close air support role, delivering its payload (rockets, bombs and the canon shells too) in a close air support attack roles showcased in this exercise. Take a look at this interesting showcase of the airplane’s capabilities right below.

  • J David Wolf

    The GAU-8 although has 8 in its name, has seven barrels and holds ~1200 rounds. Of other note the A-10 has 1200 lbs. of titanium armor around the pilot and vital plane systems and can fly with one engine out, 1/3 of a wing and one tail missing

    • Hey, nice catch on the mistake! I am planning on doing a feature about the A10 with why we think the US Air Force should keep this great airplane flying for plenty more action in the future.

      • Zos Xavius

        The A-10 us amazing for sure and completely outclasses the f-35 for CAS in nearly every single way. Not designing a replacement is a real shame.

        Thanks for posting this btw

        • ccbcco

          It it absurd out of the gate to even compare the A-10 with other planes, just because they also fly. There is nothing else out there remotely like the A-10. The A-10 is really the world’s first (and only) “flying armored Main Battle Tank.” That is what make’s the A-10 an indispensable part of America’s unique military capability.

      • ccbcco

        Please check my other post above this thread. The A-10 is actually a revolutionary weapons system like no other. It’s a “flying armored tank.”

  • ccbcco

    The A-10 has no equal on the battlefield. None. Think of the A-10 as essentially a flying armored tank that moves at 300MPH can fly up to 6 sorties a day dominating and destroying any target on the ground over thousands of square miles of territory. AND it’s cheaper, more reliable and more lethal and survivable than the venerable ground treading, gas guzzling M1A2 main battle tank. The A-10 weapon must be be maintained and improved until an objectively superior alternative is fully developed and proven.