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The Baddest Of The Bad…The A-10 Thunderbolt II

When you think of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, “bad”, or “Bad ass” just doesn’t even begin to describe this plane.  Affectionately called the “Warthog” for its aggressive look and often painted with teeth on the nose cone, the A-10 Thunderbolt II is the U.S. Air Force’s primary low-altitude close air support aircraft.

The A-10 is perhaps best known for its fearsome GAU-8 Avenger 30mm gatling gun mounted on the nose. The GAU-8 is designed to fire armor-piercing depleted uranium and high explosive incendiary rounds.

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The A-10 Thunderbolt II has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and is a highly accurate and survivable weapons-delivery platform. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions.

The wide combat radius and short takeoff and landing capability permit operations in and out of locations near front lines. Using night vision goggles, A-10 pilots can conduct their missions during darkness.

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Armament: 30 mm GAU-8/A cannon; up to 16,000 pounds of mixed ordnance on eight under-wing and three under-fuselage pylon stations, including 500 pound Mk-82 and 2,000 pounds Mk-84 series low/high drag bombs, incendiary cluster bombs, combined effects munitions, mine dispensing munitions, AGM-65 Maverick; AIM-9 Sidewinder.

Power Plant: Two General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofans

Speed: 450 kts (Mach 0.75)

Range: 2580 miles

Tank Buster: A-10 Thunderbolt II

The A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft has served in a close-air support role for the Air Force since 1977. Over the years it has earned many nicknames. This video demonstrates why it is rightfully called “Tank Buster.”

Posted by War History Online on Friday, January 26, 2018

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