Feeding The Beast: Arming The A-10 Warthog
Out of all the different weapons that are in our disposal, the A-10 (aka Warthog) is my favorite. This aircraft virtually defines the term “Bad ass”. Not only is it armed to the teeth, it can take one helluva beating and still bring it’s pilot home safe & sound without a scratch 99 percent of the time. When ground forces are in a pinch and close air support is called in, when our guys see the warthog coming, they know that the bad guys are just about to get their asses handed to them in a REALLY BIG WAY.
In the video below, a ground crew team is seen loading the Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II with gbu bombs, AGM-65 Maverick air to ground missiles and bullets/shells for the hyper powerful GAU-8 Avenger 30mm cannon. This was filmed during a training exercise at Air Gunnery Range in northern Michigan.
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, twin turbofan engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic for the United States Air Force (USAF). Commonly referred to by the nicknames “Warthog” or “Hog”, its official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, a World War II fighter that was effective at attacking ground targets. The A-10 was designed for close air support (CAS) of friendly ground troops, attacking armored vehicles and tanks, and providing quick-action support against enemy ground forces. It entered service in 1976 and is the only production-built aircraft that has served in the USAF that was designed solely for CAS. Its secondary mission is to provide forward air controller – airborne (FAC-A) support, by directing other aircraft in attacks on ground targets. Aircraft used primarily in this role are designated OA-10.