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Sunday
May092010

CoolPix - Modern Military: The Ferocious A-10 Warthog

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 The video I posted a couple days ago with a fabulous and rather large A-10 RC model powered by 2 small turbine engines really got me fired up (again) on the A-10 Thunderbolt ll (Warthog), so I went looking for a pic to make into a CoolPix.  This one seemed to capture the essence of Farchild’s tank killer pretty well, especially since the big cannon in the nose is hard to miss.

 The A-10 is an extremely unique aircraft that really stands out both visually and operationally when compared to traditional military hardware.  It’s full of great design and engineering that make it excel at the role of close air support for ground forces.

 The airplane was conceived in the late 60’s, first flew in 1972 and after winning the fly off against the Northrop YA-9A, it became operational in 1976.  715 Warthogs were built, with production ending in 1984, and the airplane is expected to remain in service for many years to come.

 I can feel the need for an ‘A-10 Week’ beginning to brew as this airplane has so many unique and interesting features to explore.  It’s also been a remarkable success story that probably needs to be celebrated… but for now, enjoy this awesome pic of this awesome, ferocious airplane.

 

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Reader Comments (1)

I often thought if I ever had a chance to fly a military plane the A-10 would be the most fun. Yeah, its not pretty or fast, but that Gun!!, and the maneuverability!, low level flying!......What fun!!

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLarry

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