I wanted to fly these back in the day, but my eyesight prevented it. My favorite aircraft. Wicked.
Arguments about weapons systems tend to be circular and hard to win. The discussion about close air support, the retirement of the aging A-10 Thunderbolt II, and the entry of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter â€” along with the relevance of the recent Light Attack Experiment â€” continue to swirl.
But one thing that cannot be argued is the lethality and spectacle of the A-10's GAU-8 Avenger 30-mm, seven-barrel Gatling-type cannon.
This video was released on January 24 from the U.S. Air Force Central Command Public Affairs office. It is credited to the 94th Airlift Wing which, oddly enough, is primarily an airlift wing. The Defense Video Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) gave no reason this video was released through an airlift wing, but it is likely because of logistics.
The video, shot from an unknown camera platform, shows an Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II conducting a strike on a Taliban vehicle fleeing the scene of an attack in Kandahar province on January 24. The insurgents in the vehicle were armed with a DShK 12.7-mm heavy machine gun, which had been used moments earlier during the attack on Afghans.
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers
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