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Aug 07, 2015 20:13 |  #1

Some fascinating facts about the A10 Warthog with photos.

Take a look at the photo of the gun next to a VW bug - wow!

http://www.viralworld.​net …eet-the-a-10-warthog/?v=p (external link)


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Aug 08, 2015 09:28 |  #2

They could use a bit of editing.
"In case you didn’t know, heat seeking missiles produce heat. Due to this phenomenon, pilots are discouraged from going haywire with their missiles. Just two seconds of shooting can produce nearly 150 rounds of uranium. When they’re traveling at 2,000 mph, it should produce all the destruction you’ll ever need" I think they confused the rounds from the Gatling gun with something else.




  
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Aug 08, 2015 12:03 |  #3

Capn Jack wrote in post #17660864 (external link)
They could use a bit of editing.
"In case you didn’t know, heat seeking missiles produce heat. Due to this phenomenon, pilots are discouraged from going haywire with their missiles. Just two seconds of shooting can produce nearly 150 rounds of uranium. When they’re traveling at 2,000 mph, it should produce all the destruction you’ll ever need" I think they confused the rounds from the Gatling gun with something else.

Yes, I noticed that too.


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Aug 09, 2015 12:03 |  #4

The A10 primary mission is close air support, against ground targets.

  • The Gatling gun is optimized for 30 degree angle dives toward the ground with accuracy at 4000', for that reason.
  • For somewhat longer range ground targets in order to avoid antiarcraft, it has the Maverick missiles.


It carries two Sidewinder missiles for self-defensive use.

The article does seem to mix up things with regard to missile use vs. Gatling gun use, and the primary and secondary missions of the A10!

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Aug 09, 2015 21:56 |  #5

Wilt wrote in post #17662178 (external link)
The A10 primary mission is close air support, against ground targets.

  • The Gatling gun is optimized for 30 degree angle dives toward the ground with accuracy at 4000', for that reason.
  • For somewhat longer range ground targets in order to avoid antiarcraft, it has the Maverick missiles.


It carries two Sidewinder missiles for self-defensive use.

The article does seem to mix up things with regard to missile use vs. Gatling gun use, and the primary and secondary missions of the A10!

Yeah, the article writer may be a non-tech person, or didn't do their research very well.

But that's one BAD-ASS gun!

https://en.wikipedia.o​rg/wiki/GAU-8_Avenger (external link)


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Aug 09, 2015 23:05 |  #6

I recall building a huge model of the A10 when i was in 7th grade (oh, circa 1979) and decided that this plane replaced the f-15 as my all time favorite warplane.

For some reason, wreaking havoc on soviet tanks while maneuvering in a low graceful speed, was far more satisfying to me than g forces in a dog fight! :)
(I guess I liked an unfair advantage!)

All the attention tends to go towards the gun, but the plane itself is a marvel of engineering, and it's weapons load is SICK, even without the gun. Hellfire, and the huge Maverick guided missiles,
https://en.wikipedia.o​rg/wiki/AGM-65_Maverick (external link)
guided bombs etc.. Anything you can use to smash something on the ground.

Anyway, my fascination with this plane and the 7 barrel Gatling gun installed left me 40 years later able to quote specs. Based on reports here I did not click the link. My old hard bound box I am sure told the story better. and I can still recall the B&W photo of the GAU 8A Avenger next to the VW from the books.

I love the fact that the A 10 was developed in the 1970's and remains the best tool for the job today.
In my lifetime I have read or heard about it's being removed from service at least twice, and have always wondered "why?" with no replacement in sight.
Fortunately cooler heads have prevailed and it's still in service.


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