A-10 Gun

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While I am morally opposed to war, and all the tools and implements of its conduct, even I have to admit these things are fucking awesome.

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    1. GrandAdmiralThrawn says:

      One of the best aircraft ever made.

      To bad all the chairforce wants are drones, and miligazzilion dollar “multi-purpose” fighters that fly to damned fast to actually help the troops on the ground.

      The couple of times we had close air support from F-16s when shit went down, I was more worried that they were going to blow up me/my guys then I was worried about Hajji shooting us. They move to damned fast to keep track of where we were/want buildings we were in, and were to high to see our IR identification. I would have felt a hell of a lot better if I’d had an A-10 over me.

      Fun fact. They fire in short 2 to 3 second bursts. The push-back from the rounds leaving the gun can cause the A-10 to fall from the sky if they fire in a sustained manor. Ahh physics.

      Built to kill the Commies the titamuim around the cockpit was mostly bought from the Soviet Union.

      • Zasz says:

        That’s actually a myth about the A-10 gun causing a stall. It would only happen if you were literally 1kt above the stall speed, flying straight and level, then fired the gun. This is (obviously) never done.

        Stuff to consider:

        1. The average thrust of the engines on an A-10 is about 18,000Lb. The recoil of the gun is only about 10,000Lb.
        2. The gun is fired in a dive.
        3. The gun would still have to overcome the momentum of the pane in motion. The A-10 has enough ammo on board to fire continuously at 3900RPM for 18.06 seconds. Even without the engine going, this is not long enough to slow the plane down enough that it can’t restart the engine ans fly safely.

        Don’t get me wrong, the plane does slow down, but not nearly as much as you’d think. The 2-3 second bursts more less come from the fact it’s shooting at small targets (tanks) and with a gun like that you don’t need continuous fire (I’m sure you’ve see the freakin’ CRATERS the rounds make).

        • GrandAdmiralThrawn says:

          @ zasz^

          So it is possible.

          but clearly I spoke as a ground pounder, not as someone who has ever flown/serviced them… Great Gun. Nothing like building a plane around a gun. and the holes it puts into tanks is impressive.

    2. storminator says:

      if Godzilla or Mothra show up- we’ll be needing these.

    3. dallasalice says:

      ” . . . morally opposed to war” is an awfully broad statement. So a war to liberate people or in defense of your own country would be something you would oppose?

      The A-10 is an awesome weapon system and although designed to attack tanks it works well in almost any close-air support mission.

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