The A-10 Warthog is one bad-ass plane. It has the most powerful Gatling gun ever put on a fighter aircraft. It forms the backbone of the US Air Force’s Close Air Support (CAS) of troops on the ground.
The A-10 is one of the most controversial aircraft in the US Air Force’s inventory. The plan is slow, ungainly, and isn’t stealth. The Air Force has tried to retire it multiple times only to be rebuffed by congress and commanders on the ground who say that it forms a critical component of our nation’s CAS arsenal. What the A-10 lacks in looks, it makes up in performance. The A-10 has a 30mm Gatling Gun that can fire up to 4,200 rounds a minute. It has a loiter time that is unmatched by any other fighter. The plan is also designed to be able to fly low and slow and weather small arms fire with ease.
This Smithsonian documentary highlights just how awesome the A-10 actually is. The video shows how the A-10 has saved troops in contact’s bacon time and time again. It also walks though the history and development of the A-10. If you are a warthog fan, you need to watch this video.