The A-10 Thunderbolt was designed to kill Soviet tanks. But it has spent most of it's life protecting US troops in trouble on the battlefield. Now it's final days in flight may be approaching, but one veteran pilot and current congresswoman is fighting to keep it flying.
The Fairchild Republic A-10 "Thunderbolt II" was designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a 30 mm rotary cannon that is the airplane's primary armament and the heaviest such automatic cannon mounted on an aircraft. The A-10's airframe was designed for survivability, with measures such as 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of titanium armor for protection of the cockpit and aircraft systems that enables the aircraft to continue flying after taking significant damage. The A-10A single-seat variant was the only version built, though one A-10A was converted to the A-10B twin-seat version. In 2005, a program was begun to upgrade A-10A aircraft to the A-10C configuration.
The A-10's official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support. The A-10 is more commonly known by its nicknames "Warthog" or "Hog".
Breathtaking video of the A-10 Thunderbolt II Tactical Demo at the 2009 Baraboo Dells Air Show in Baraboo, WI. Watch as Major Paul "Harb" Brown, of the A-10 West Demo Team pushes the Warthog to it's limits. This incredible perspective utilizes synchronized video shot from inside the cockpit as well as from the ground.
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The U.S. Air Force - The A-10 West Demo Team:
Major Paul Brown
Captain John Buske
Staff Sergeant Bobby Williams
Staff Sergeant Eberhard Riebe
Senior Airman Thomas Cannon
Staff Sergeant Joshua Ames