The heroic BRRRRT of freedom! Ah, how many ground troops have come to regard the iconic sound of the U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthog! The Warthog is one of those planes design with the front lines in mind. A single seat, twin turbofan engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic for the U.S. Air Force in the 70’s, the “Warthog” or the “Hog” got its official Thunderbolt name after another Fairfield made World War II fighter that was effective at attacking ground targets. Hence the name Thunderbolt II.
Designed around the 30-mm Gatling-8 Avenger rotary cannon, it has an airframe designed for durability, with a titanium armor to protect the cockpit and aircraft systems. This design has enabled it to absorb a significant amount of damage and continue flying, which the troops have grow to love and respect. Moreover, its short takeoff and landing capability, when added to its simple design, permits operation and enables maintenance with minimal facilities from airstrips close to the front lines. The Warthog earned it stripes during the Gulf War of 1991, distinguishing itself even further during every conflict on which U.S. forces have been deployed ever since. This video is the ultimate collection/tribute to an all time great.
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