gau 8 avenger

oleanderwasp  asked:

why do people on this website worship/masturbate to/obsess over the A-10 warthog?

Mainly because of this:

The GAU-8 Avenger 30mm Gatling-style autocannon, capable of firing depleted uranium (DU) rounds at a rate of fire of 3,900 rounds per minute, designed to fuck up all sorts of armor from the root, sides and back, for which the A-10 carries an astonishing 1,350 rounds of ammo, not enough for a full minute of fire, that’s for sure, but for a modern aircraft that’s unseen, as they usually carry less than 300 rounds for their cannons, most of them of the 20mm caliber. 

Also great at dealing with rebel forces and anyone you don’t like, as explosive rounds in place of DU ones effectively serve as a hail of rockets.

One of the few planes designed around a single weapon’s system, and not the other way around. 

Plus, she’s a gorgeous machine, capable of giving all sorts of hell with an assortment of weapons apart from the Avenger, with the bonus that she can also take quite the beating, most of not all of her design choices aimed at ensuring her survival in combat. 

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After a ton of requests to make a photo series about this much loved plane, here it is.

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BRRRRRRRRTTTTTTTT, this is the Fairchild Republic O/A-10 Thunderbolt II or as the commonly referred name “Warthog” or just “Hog”.

This twin engine, single seat, jet aircraft is one of the most (if not the most) sucessful CAS aircraft in the world. Although designed to be solely a CAS aircraft, it also fills the ground attack and foward air controller roles (when on foward air control role the A-10 becomes OA-10).

Introduced in March 1977, the A-10 was designed around it’s cannon, the GAU-8 Avenger, a seven barrel Gatling-type 30mm autocannon manufactured by General Electric. It was also built with durability in mind, the cockpit is armored with 540kg (1,200 pounds) of titanium to protect the pilot and the aircraft systems, it was also designed for short takeoffs and landings combined with it’s easy and low cost maintenance the Warthog can be deploy from improvised airfields close to the front lines or from highways adapted to be makeshift runways such as the ones in Germany.

The A-10 has flown in a number of combats such as the Gulf War in Op. Desert Storm, Afghanistan, Iraq, and against ISIS in the Middle East. During these combat it’s durability has been tested, one such event was during Operation Iraqi Freedom when Captain Kim Campbell suffered heavy damage from flak fire resulting in damage to the engine and hydraulic system which required her to fly the Hog manually for an hour but managed to land safely.

One of the biggest battles the Warthog is fighting today is against the budget cuts and it’s replacement to the new fifth generation strike fighter, the F-35. So long it has managed to stay in service and some rumors say that the US Air Force is planning a big upgrade to keep it in service all the way to 2040s and one of these upgrades would include a engine swap removing the two General Electric TF34-GE-100A turbofans and changing it for new and more powerful engines.

Well, this is it for this photo series, don’t forget to like and reblog. 

If you have any suggestions, contribution or want to send a complete photo series, don’t be shy, send them up and i’ll upload them!

NEWEST A-10 BOOK (Repost: Warthog News/Facebook)

Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II: 1972 to date (all marks) (Owners’ Workshop Manual) by Steve Davies, Haynes Publishing, U.K., March 23, 2017

Product description: Dubbed ‘Warthog’ – or just 'Hog’ – the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is the world’s undisputed close air-support attack jet. As tough as it is ugly, it has built a fearsome reputation as a tank buster and infantry killer in conflicts around the globe, and its GAU-8 Avenger 30mm cannon strikes fear into the hearts of all unlucky enough to be on the wrong side. Steve Davies gets up close and personal to look at the Hog’s anatomy, engines and firepower, as well as presenting compelling first-person insights into what it takes to fly and maintain.

Author: Steve Davies is a freelance aviation journalist and photographer. He is an authority on the USAF and the author of Haynes Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Manual (with Paul F. Crickmore), Boeing B-52, F-15 Eagle and F-16 Falcon Manuals. Steve lives in Cambridge.

anonymous asked:

Uncle Enrique, tell us the time the US tried to put the GAU-8 onto an M48 Patton.

Ah, yes, the Division Air Defense, or DIVAD, contest, launched after the need of a specialized self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, SPAAG, arose within the US army, where the vehicle you mentioned was one of the proposals, created by General Electric, the creators of the GAU-8 Avenger 

It was only a on-paper proposal, so no vehicle was ever made, as the army chose to go forward to two other porposals into the prototype stage, eventually leading to the birth of the craptastic, very controversial M247 Sergeant York. 

Ah, some things are never meant to be real…

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Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II or Warthog, at Balikatan 2016 in Clark Air Base.

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Gun Plumbers reassembling the old with the new - U.S. Airmen assigned to the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron and 924th Maintenance Squadron armament section perform maintenance on a GAU-8 Avenger 30 mm cannon from an A-10C Thunderbolt II at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, August 7, 2017. The life cycle of the cannon is 250,000 rounds or approximately 10 to 15 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

GAU-8 Avenger

The massive gun that gives the A-10 Thunderbolt II (also known as the Warthog) it’s fearsome reputation. Each of the seven barrels has a 20,000 round life expectancy before needing replacement. The recoil from the gun is so predominant that it will slow down the A-10 in mid-air when firing. (GRH)

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The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American twin-engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. It is the only United States Air Force production aircraft designed solely for close air support, including attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with limited air defenses. The A-10 was designed around the 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon that is its primary armament. The A-10’s airframe was designed for durability, with measures such as 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of titanium armor to protect the cockpit and aircraft systems, enabling it to absorb a significant amount of damage and continue flying.  The A-10’s official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support. The A-10 is more commonly known by its nicknames “Warthog” or“Hog”. Its secondary mission is to provide airborne forward air control, directing other aircraft in attacks on ground targets. The A-10’s service life may be extended to 2028, though there are proposals to retire it sooner.