Unleashing The Beast: 50 Awe-Inspiring Facts About The A-10 Warthog

Inspiring Facts About The A-10 Warthog

Prepare to be awestruck by the formidable power and unwavering might of the A-10 Warthog, an aircraft renowned for its unparalleled performance and unwavering dedication to ground support. As we delve into this exhilarating compilation of 50 amazing facts, you’ll discover the fascinating intricacies and capabilities of this legendary war machine.

From its iconic gun that spews destruction to its remarkable durability that has saved countless lives on the battlefield, we unravel the secrets behind the A-10’s indomitable reputation. Join us as we explore the remarkable features, impressive statistics, and heroic stories that have made the A-10 Warthog an undisputed force to be reckoned with. So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready for an adrenaline-fueled ride through the extraordinary world of the A-10 Warthog.

Air-To-Ground Combat

The United States Air Force only has one aircraft dedicated solely to air-to-ground support, the A-10 Warthog.  Production began in 1976 and the A-10 is still active today.

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Where The Name Came From

Because of it’s cumbersome appearance the A-10 was nicknamed “Warthog”.

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The Cockpit

 The A-10 cockpit and flight control systems are surrounded by 1,200 pounds of protective armor called the “bathtub”. It’s capable of withstanding 50-cal bullets or 23mm armor-piercing rounds.

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Heaviest Front Auto Cannon

The 30 mm GAU-8/A Avenger sits in the front of the aircraft, with the barrel protruding from the nose of the A-10. It is the heaviest automatic cannon ever mounted on an aircraft.

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Gatling Gun

The Gatling gun accounts for 16 percent of the A-10’s weight.

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False Canopy

Some A-10 Thunderbolt’s have a ‘false canopy’ painted on the belly of the aircraft.

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Engine Mounting

The A-10’s General Electric TF-34-GE-100 engines are mounted high, above and behind the wings. This positioning gives them protection from ground fire.

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Rounds Per Minute

The Gatling gun is designed to fire high explosive incendiary and armor-piercing depleted uranium rounds at a rate of 3,900 rounds per minute.

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A-10 Thunderbolt Truck

There is an A-10 Thunderbolt monster truck used by the Air Force for marketing purposes. It travels around the U.S. and has become a fan favorite at air shows.

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The Original Thunderbolt

The Thunderbolt II gets its name from the P47 Thunderbolt, used in WWII. Both Thunderbolts are/were ground support aircraft.

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It Can Fly Through Lightning

It is so well armored that it can fly through super-cell thunderstorms – the Air Force uses the A-10 to monitor severe weather systems.

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Operating Capabilities

The A-10 can operate underneath 1,000-foot ceilings with 1.5-mile visibility.

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The Dragon

There is a special vehicle created just for loading ammunition into the A-10 Thunderbolt. It’s called “The Dragon”.

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Hot Handed

The Gatling gun heats up so fast that pilots can’t fire for more than a few seconds at a time. Doing so would overheat the barrel and render it ineffective.

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The Landing Gear

The landing gear, engines, vertical stabilizers and some other parts on the A-10 are left and right interchangeable – meaning they can operate on either side.That allows it to be serviced at a forward location and put back in combat much sooner than other aircraft.

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Take-Offs

The A-10 Thunderbolt’s straight, large wings and wide wheelbase allow it to take off and land from a short runway, giving it the ability to land as close to the front line of battle as possible.

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Heavy Payload

The A-10 carries more weight in weapons than it weighs itself. The Thunderbolt weighs 12 tons and, including the GAU-8/A cannon, carries a maximum of 13 tons of armament.

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Hydraulics

The A-10 was built to survive. The hydraulics systems are double-redundant and a backup mechanical system controls the plane if the hydraulics are lost.

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Since 1991

The first time the A-10 entered combat was in 1991 during the Persian Gulf War. During its service in the war the A-10 was responsible for destroying 900 Iraqi tanks, 2,000 other military vehicles and 1,200 artillery pieces in addition to two air-to-air kills.

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Rescue Capabilities

In 1999, an A-10 assisted in the rescue of a downed F-117 pilot in Kosovo. The A-10 provided ground support while three helicopters executed the rescue mission.

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Still Going

The Air Force and the U.S. government struck a deal to keep the A-10 alive.

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Wingspan

This is definitely one of our unbelievable A-10 Warthog facts you need to know. The A-10 is almost as long as it is wide. The wingspan measures 57 feet 6 inches and it’s length measures 53 feet 4 inches long.

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Tank Buster

One of the pieces of armament the A-10 carries is the AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missile. Each missile weighs 670 pounds and can destroy a tank in a single shot.

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Night Vision

The A-10 is an all-weather, all-day aircraft. They are equipped with Night Vision Imaging Systems and a goggle-compatible seat in the cockpit.

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The First A-10

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., received the first-ever production A-10 in October 1975. It didn’t see combat until over 15 years later.

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Perfect Attendance

The A-10 has seen combat in every major conflict the United States’ has been involved in since 1991.

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Honeycomb Design

One of the A-10s defining traits is its survivability. A honeycomb panel design make up the leading edges of the wing and tail, making them more resistant to battle damage.

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The Fuselage

The front landing gear retracts from under the wings in an offset position, with the rear wheels in line with the fuselage. This set up allows room for the massive machine gun in the nose.

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Landin Gear

Even when the wheels are retracted, they protrude outside of the nacelle just a bit. This way if the A-10 has to land with its gear up, it will limit damage to a degree.

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