15 comments for “A-10 Warthog

  1. dearieme
    March 21, 2020 at 16:44

    It could kill by its ugliness alone.

    Just to look at it is enough to make me doubt my lectures in aeronautics.

  2. microdave
    March 21, 2020 at 16:51

    I remember a visit to RAF Bentwaters, many moons ago, to have a close look at the Warthog. When you stand in front of one and look at that gun you understand the people who say “They built the gun, and then adapted the plane to fit round it” (or words to that effect). The front landing gear is offset – as there’s no other place for it to go! The whole thing was designed with as much redundancy as possible, and they could take considerable damage and still return to base. The pilot sits in a solid titanium “Bathtub”, and is therefore very well protected from any artillery firing from below. One of the American pilots we spoke to, said the recoil from the gun is equivalent to the power of one of the two engines!

  3. ivan
    March 21, 2020 at 17:02

    As I said a couple of them running along the Greek border with all the insurgents trying to cross would make them think again. Fuhrer Merkel wouldn’t like it but who cares about that if it stops the invasion.

  4. March 21, 2020 at 17:49

    All sounds good to me.

  5. Lord T
    March 21, 2020 at 17:53

    The A10 is one of my favourite planes.

    If I could afford mil surplus gear this would be top of my list. I’d miss out on the depleted uranium rounds though.

    • Andy5759
      March 22, 2020 at 00:44

      I’d go for a refurbished Catalina. Just to get as far away from the mad(den)ing crowd as the thing could take me. Of course there would be plenty of room for extra fuel, toilet paper and other essentials.

      • March 22, 2020 at 04:29

        Me first, Andy. I have long harboured that dream. A flying Gentleman’s Residence with a sofa-bed in one bay window and a fine (but modest sized) dining table for two in the other.

  6. Passing through
    March 22, 2020 at 07:20

    Apparently “they” can thank British Armaments “scientists” for getting it to fire accurately. It spent a long time firing into the East Coast at Cowden to perfect the trajectory with the “stall” that happens at firing that cannon. You never forget the sound of that letting loose for sure.

    • March 22, 2020 at 09:21

      Cheers, all. Passing through – important for Americans to remember.

  7. Andy5759
    March 22, 2020 at 14:02

    My father worked on Catalinas in India during WWII. I have always had a soft spot for them. One could probably get from England to Tasmania with only one fuel stop. Keep an eye out!

  8. The Jannie
    March 22, 2020 at 19:45

    Watched A10s burping at Donna Nook: at the time we reckoned they flew in pairs so one would know where the other crashed. I didn’t realise until a couple of years ago at East Kirkby just how big Catalinas are: there was Lancaster “Just Jane” for a comparison.

  9. March 22, 2020 at 20:02

    Big machines.

  10. Obligato
    March 22, 2020 at 21:24

    We lived out near Donna Nook, in a flat in a dormer bungalow, I recall looking DOWN at a passing A10 one day…

    • March 23, 2020 at 01:16

      A mate of mine had a mishap at Donna Nook one day, in a Bucc. He was doing a toss-bomb practice with a navy guy in the back seat. He did the pull-up OK and let the bomb go, continued his steep climb to flatten out and roll at the top to speed away but pulled just a ‘g’ or three too many. He blacked out. Over the top he went and then down. Straight down. Asleep at the joystick.

      The navy guy was going nuts, reaching past the screen and seat and whacking the driver’s helmet with his fist, shouting, “Wake up you barsteward”. He did wake at 1500 ft going straight down. Yanking back as hard as he could he came out of the dive pulling 12 ‘g’s and levelled out almost at sea level, ripping the wing bomb carriages off, part of the tail and a wing slat. They were not carrying toilet paper.

      I was in the tower at Honington when they came home. The pilot- mate was almost incoherent and the Bucc was behaving ‘strangely. ‘Bent Gadget’ was the call but even he didn’t know just what gadget wasn’t working. As he rolled along the runway we could see that some of the plane didn’t land with him. It was in the water at Donna somewhere.

      But the bomb was on target. 🙂

      I had another call one day from an F-111 leaving Donna Nook. A ‘Pan’ call. His SU gun pack had worked fine enough but some shells had bounced off the waves and he intercepted them as he pulled out. Shot his own tail off. Daft bugger insisted on being vectored to the IP for recovery even though I could have shaved 30 miles off his approach.

      A10’s? Never had a spot of bother from them, controlling them every day. 🙂

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