30mm Cartridge  /  A-10 Thunderbolt II

 

The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. The only United States Air Force aircraft designed solely for close air support of ground forces, the A-10 was built to attack tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with limited air defenses.

 

The A-10 was designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a 30 mm rotary cannon that is the airplane's primary armament and the heaviest such automatic cannon mounted on an aircraft. The gun fires approximately 30 rounds per second.  The A-10's airframe was designed for survivability, with measures such as 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of armor for protection of the cockpit and aircraft systems that enables the aircraft to continue flying after taking significant damage. The A-10A single-seat variant was the only version built, though one A-10A was converted to the A-10B twin-seat version. In 2005, a program was begun to upgrade A-10A aircraft to the A-10C configuration.

 

The A-10's official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support. The A-10 is more commonly known by its nicknames "Warthog" or "Hog". It also has a secondary mission, where it provides airborne forward air control, directing other aircraft in attacks on ground targets. Aircraft used primarily in this role are designated OA-10. With a variety of upgrades and wing replacements, the A-10's service life may be extended to 2028.

 

    

Click Here to watch a 5min video on the A-10:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rGcn2XGr48

 

Click Here to see a short video of the gun in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk1HU5WShpU

 

Click Here to see a 5min video about the GAU-8 Gun:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHv50lXfDHQ

 

Click Here to see a video about re-loading the GAU-8 Gun:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUVWlt7PIEQ