PilotPhotog Podcast

All about the A-10 Warthog

February 08, 2021 PilotPhotog Season 1 Episode 5
PilotPhotog Podcast
All about the A-10 Warthog
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All about the A-10 Warthog
Feb 08, 2021 Season 1 Episode 5
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The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, twin turbofan engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (USAF). Officially known by the Air Force as the Thunderbolt it’s  pilots refer to it as the "Warthog" or "Hog",

Notable features include vertical twin tails, engines that are above the fuselage, a straight wing, a large canopy, and of course a fierce Gatling gun that protrudes out of the front like a mean cigar. 

The A-10 was and is the only Air Force aircraft designed primarily to support friendly ground troops over long periods of time, which is a mission known as  Close air support or CAS. Everything about the A-10 is about ground attack: straight wings for improved slow speed maneuverability, increased payload, and longer time on station, engines that are mounted above the wings to reduce hits from ground fire, a titanium bathtub to protect the pilot, and a stable gun platform to put rounds on targets.  Few aircraft have performed as well in the CAS role the A-10 simply dominates in this area.  While initially conceived to attack large Soviet tank columns in Europe during the Cold War in a conflict that thankfully never erupted - the A-10 has gone on to have a second career as the ultimate support option for coalition troops on the ground in conflicts over the ensuing decades.  With it’s distinct engine sound and unforgettable Gatling cannon burst the A-10 is beloved by friendly troops and absolutely feared by enemy forces on the ground.  


If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:

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You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:
https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotog

And finally you can follow me on Twitter here:
https://twitter.com/pilotphotog

Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotog)

Show Notes

The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, twin turbofan engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (USAF). Officially known by the Air Force as the Thunderbolt it’s  pilots refer to it as the "Warthog" or "Hog",

Notable features include vertical twin tails, engines that are above the fuselage, a straight wing, a large canopy, and of course a fierce Gatling gun that protrudes out of the front like a mean cigar. 

The A-10 was and is the only Air Force aircraft designed primarily to support friendly ground troops over long periods of time, which is a mission known as  Close air support or CAS. Everything about the A-10 is about ground attack: straight wings for improved slow speed maneuverability, increased payload, and longer time on station, engines that are mounted above the wings to reduce hits from ground fire, a titanium bathtub to protect the pilot, and a stable gun platform to put rounds on targets.  Few aircraft have performed as well in the CAS role the A-10 simply dominates in this area.  While initially conceived to attack large Soviet tank columns in Europe during the Cold War in a conflict that thankfully never erupted - the A-10 has gone on to have a second career as the ultimate support option for coalition troops on the ground in conflicts over the ensuing decades.  With it’s distinct engine sound and unforgettable Gatling cannon burst the A-10 is beloved by friendly troops and absolutely feared by enemy forces on the ground.  


If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to this podcast, you can find links to many podcast streaming services here:

PilotPhotog Podcast (buzzsprout.com)

You can check out my YouTube channel for many videos on fighter planes here:
https://youtube.com/c/PilotPhotog

And finally you can follow me on Twitter here:
https://twitter.com/pilotphotog

Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/PilotPhotog)