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(Arizona Daily Independent)   Talk of retiring the A-10 Warthog spurs effort to save it. Still say it looks like a Puma   (arizonadailyindependent.com) divider line 306
    More: Sad, warthogs, Operation Desert Storm, boots on the ground, iraqi freedom, Raul Grijalva  
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2013-08-20 11:53:13 PM

Magorn: fluffy2097: antidisestablishmentarianism: Retiring the bestest plane evar? What will replace it?

Nothing. Nothing can. The F35 is lightly armored, has low weapons load and is designed for combat at stand off ranges, and it's gun has a pidddling 1200 rounds.

During desert storm A-10's expended all their ordinance during missions. That's like 6 laser guided bombs, 4 2000 pound dumb bombs, and 3 maverick missiles. (in addition to being able to carry rockets, and cluster bombs).  And like 20,000 rounds of GAU-8 ammo. oh, and titanium armor for the pilot and critical systems.

The A-10 also has triple redundant flight system. dual hydraulic  systems, and cable controls.

The warthog brings home pilots in situations where there is really no logical reason why it would be capable of flying. A female A-10 pilot got hit over Iraq, lost almost all flight control and then proceeded to write the book on flying a wounded A-10 on differential thrust alone. She landed back at base safely.

A-10s that have made it home safe:
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That middle picture, of the ripped-apart engine...I'd imagine the words no longer visible are "Up Shiat"
 
2013-08-21 05:07:35 AM
Up your nose with a rubber hose, F-35.

/alternative headline
 
2013-08-21 07:55:40 AM

way south: The problem with drones is their soda straw view of the battlefield.


Yeah, about that....
 
2013-08-21 09:44:54 AM
A walrus.
 
2013-08-21 12:45:49 PM

dittybopper: Z-clipped: Maybe I'm just being dumb here, because I don't really get much into the specs of these war toys, but I thought the enormous farking machine gun that the A-10 sports was what accounted for much of its CAS utility?

How many enemy tanks and armored assault vehicles can a drone destroy? I mean, if you're talking about cutting a safe path through enemy lines for ground troops, wouldn't you need a huge number of drones to equal the destructive power of just one A-10?

There is no reason why you can't built a drone around a GAU-8 (or something like it), and keep that same capability.


Yeah, but a drone pilot won't get a raging hard-on when he pulls the trigger.  (Or moistened panties in the case of the badass female pilots.)

/And really, that is half the beauty of the plane right?
 
2013-08-21 04:33:10 PM

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: dittybopper: Z-clipped: Maybe I'm just being dumb here, because I don't really get much into the specs of these war toys, but I thought the enormous farking machine gun that the A-10 sports was what accounted for much of its CAS utility?

How many enemy tanks and armored assault vehicles can a drone destroy? I mean, if you're talking about cutting a safe path through enemy lines for ground troops, wouldn't you need a huge number of drones to equal the destructive power of just one A-10?

There is no reason why you can't built a drone around a GAU-8 (or something like it), and keep that same capability.

Yeah, but a drone pilot won't get a raging hard-on when he pulls the trigger.  (Or moistened panties in the case of the badass female pilots.)

/And really, that is half the beauty of the plane right?


Yea because no one has ever been aroused by something they saw on a monitor before....
 
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