NEWS FLASH: USAF A-10 “Wart…HOG!” Demo IS INBOUND HOUSTON!
Pictured Above: The A-10 Demo Team’s 2020 Paint-Scheme (You’ll be able to see at this year’s show!)
The A-10 and all its’ baditude will take flight on October 9, 10, and 11 at CAF Wings Over Houston 2020. Here’s some additional info to get you spooled for all the aviation action!
Rugged Modern-Day Fighter A-10 Thunderbolt II
The A-10 Thunderbolt II is just plain cool and built like a tank (that flies)! It’s so ugly they call it the “Wart-HOG,” a nickname that carries with it a great deal of affection and respect for this plane that isn’t afraid to get too close to the action.
The “Warthog’s” large, unswept high-aspect-ratio wing and large ailerons give it excellent low-speed, low-altitude maneuverability. In addition, many of the aircraft’s parts are interchangeable left and right, including the engines, main landing gear and vertical stabilizers. Both of these unique attributes make the A-10 easily serviced in remote airfields.
This “unbreakable beast” can fly for long periods, has short takeoff and landing capability, and can pick out small ground targets with great precision making it a crucial U.S. Air Force asset. A-10s are simply too effective and too tough to leave out of any battle which is why seeing them at an Airshow is a bit rare!
The A-10’s cockpit and portions of its flight control system are protected by 1,200 pounds of titanium aircraft armor, called the “bathtub,” allowing it to withstand direct hits. This protection combined with redundant hydraulic flight systems, and a mechanical system that still works even if hydraulics are lost.
This machine gun of an aircraft is a champion of the skies; don’t miss seeing it fly October 9, 10, & 11!
What’s up with the “Brrrrt”?!?!
“Brrrrt” is the sound made by the A-10’s legendary “7-Barrels of Freedom” GUN! Obviously, you won’t be able to hear the A-10’s gun sound at the airshow, so check out the video below for “Brrrrt” sound during a live TRAINING exercise.
GEEK OUT: Below is a “behind-the-scenes” peek at the A-10!
Last but not least, below is a very in-depth (44-Minute) video by Erik Johnston on the A-10 Thunderbolt II. Yes, it’s a long video, but one that will leave you fascinated with the “Warthog!”
Additional Photo & Info Sources:
- AIRBOYD (YouTube Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg-bp2Cv9kg)
- Erik Johnston Photography (YouTube Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXgTrpPU9Rk)
- Facebook Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine Legate
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