AirPigz 'A-10 Warthog Week' Begins!
This excellent video was shot just last month at the Bluebonnet Airshow northwest of Austin, Texas. It features a fab aerial demonstration of the Fairchild A-10 Warthog (officially the Thunderbolt ll) put on by the Air Combat Command's West Demo Team. This is all especially relevant since the East Demo Team will be putting on a similar demo at the Indianapolis Air Show in just a few weeks on June 12th and 13th. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the A-10 put on a show like this : )
This video also officially kicks off 'A-10 Warthog Week' where in addition to regular posts, you'll find a post on this unique anti-tank airplane each day this week. This ferocious A-10 CoolPix from a couple weeks back kinda got this all started... that's when I realized that this airplane had so many interesting features to it that it really deserves a week of attention.
One feature to catch in this video are the decelerons, ailerons that are split so they can also be deployed up and down at the same time to act as air brakes, in addition to providing roll control. Toward the end of the video this can be seen as the airplane pulls up sharply after a fast pass and the decelerons are deployed. The scene immediately after of the landing also gives a good view of them, especially at touchdown when they are fully deployed.
Lots more to come as 'A-10 Warthog Week' is just getting started!