Deadly Aircraft - Deadly Firepower. The A-10 Warthog, One of my personal favorites on the USAF. Photo by: Allspamme

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It takes Badass Maintainers to Keep The A-10’s “Brrrt” Going Strong


The A-10 is always a popular topic with the Avgeekery.com crowd. A few weeks ago, we wrote about the Warthog’s main weapon, the General Electric GAU 8 Avenger Gatling gun and its distinctive 2-second “brrrrrt.”

That gun is one of the most powerful aerial weapons in existence, capable of delivering 70 rounds of 30 mm ammo in one second. A two-second burst – the “brrrrrt” – can deliver a kill shot on a heavily-armored vehicle – just ask the Iraqui army.

While the pilots who fly the A-10 get to pull the trigger for those two-second bursts, the ground crew members who maintain the gun and load the two ammo cans play just as big a role.

And when those guys in the hangar and on the runway get word of how effective an A-10 was in supporting ground troops, they move around with a bit more zip in their doodah.