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This Is How Airmen Ensure the A-10’s Gun Stays Ready to BRRRRRT

It takes a lot to ensure the A-10's iconic GAU-8 Avenger stays fully operational and ready to BRRRRRRT. Photo: Mike Killian

Airmen work hard to ensure the A-10 Thunderbolt II’s iconic weapon system, the GAU-8 Avenger, stays fully operational and ready to BRRRRRRT.

The whole aircraft is actually built around the 30mm Gatling-type cannon, which is capable of firing 70 rounds of a lightweight aluminum body projectile per second, cast around a smaller caliber depleted uranium penetrating core, and is lethal against tanks and all other armored vehicles.

But what does it take to keep the beast working?  Watch this video and find out:

And if you need more BRRRRT in your life, make sure to check out more of our publishing about the A-10 HERE.


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Written by Mike Killian

Mike Killian

Killian is an accomplished aerospace photographer and writer, specializing in rocket launch and air-to-air aviation imagery. Over the years his assignments have brought him onboard NASA's space shuttles, in clean rooms with spacecraft destined for other worlds, front row for launches of historic missions and on numerous civilian and military flight assignments, including working as a photographer for Breitling Jet Team in 2016.

When not working the California-native enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, storm chasing, producing time-lapses and shooting landscape and night sky imagery, as well as watching planes of course.