Some experts contend that the A-10 Thunderbolt II, also known as A-10 Warthog, is the most-feared fighter aircraft in the US Air Force. One of its specific features seems to dominate the discussion, but there are many others. "The A-10 is perhaps best known for its fearsome GAU-8 Avenger 30mm gatling gun mounted on the nose," writes Military.com. "The GAU-8 is designed to fire armor-piercing depleted uranium and high explosive incendiary rounds." Watch the brief video below to learn about its other capabilities and see what you think.
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"The A-10 Thunderbolt II has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and is a highly accurate and survivable weapons-delivery platform," continues Military.com. "The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions. The wide combat radius and short takeoff and landing capability permit operations in and out of locations near front lines. Using night vision goggles, A-10 pilots can conduct their missions during darkness."
Posted by user @us_military_22, the clip lays the foundation for some lively opinions in the comments.
"They keep trying to get rid of them, but the ground forces swear by them," writes commenter @stephensurotchak.
"The Marine Corps should have bought them a long time ago," says @sentinelfit. "They're perfect for what we do."
"No, they are not," says @blacksheepms, responding to that claim. "USMC requires all aircraft to be able to be carrier bound. A-10 cannot take off from a carrier."
Viewer of the video @user5418251986540 sums it up like this: "Infantryman's best friend," he writes.
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