MD Warthog demo team

It was exactly Year about was touring the sights and sounds of DC, and attending Air & Space Expo 2019 before my conference down the road in Philly. Love Dc anyhow here are my photos of Maryland’s finest Warthog Display Team..

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Saw one fly at RIAT 2015 - very impressive display. Have a model of one in my display cabinets.
 
Awesome photos mate.

One of my favourite bits of random trivia about this aircraft is that the gun is not actually mounted down the centreline of the aircraft. The weapon fires when the barrel is in the '9 o'clock' position (which is on the centreline) to counteract the massive recoil.
 

Boxy

GCM
Awesome photos mate.

One of my favourite bits of random trivia about this aircraft is that the gun is not actually mounted down the centreline of the aircraft. The weapon fires when the barrel is in the '9 o'clock' position (which is on the centreline) to counteract the massive recoil.

Further to this, it is my understanding and having watched them purely on Ex in the ‘80s before they start their gun run they flick the wings, supposedly arming/cocking the weapon - which I don’t believe but they generally break their attack in the direction they flicked the wing
 
Awesome photos mate.

One of my favourite bits of random trivia about this aircraft is that the gun is not actually mounted down the centreline of the aircraft. The weapon fires when the barrel is in the '9 o'clock' position (which is on the centreline) to counteract the massive recoil.
and forward landing gear is offset, so has different sensitivities in the foot brakes
 
Further to this, it is my understanding and having watched them purely on Ex in the ‘80s before they start their gun run they flick the wings, supposedly arming/cocking the weapon - which I don’t believe but they generally break their attack in the direction they flicked the wing
The gun is run off the hydraulics so I doubt it'll be for cocking, perhaps visual indicator to wingmen of the direction of break post run? I can't remember the stats but its also zeroed for a specific dive angle and height.
Fantastic aircraft.
 
I do know there's a system that reduces control stick sensitivity during the gun run, possibly attached to the arming system. The massive recoil/smoke could lead to a pilot over-controlling and losing the target, so this mitigates this.
 
The A10 could possibly be one of the purest examples of a platform being designed to do a specialist role and succeding. Rather than suffering mission creep and ending up doing loads of things badly.
 

Helm

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The A10 could possibly be one of the purest examples of a platform being designed to do a specialist role and succeding. Rather than suffering mission creep and ending up doing loads of things badly.
I was delighted to find they are still about remember seeing them virtually hanging in the sky over Germany
 

Boxy

GCM
The gun is run off the hydraulics so I doubt it'll be for cocking, perhaps visual indicator to wingmen of the direction of break post run? I can't remember the stats but its also zeroed for a specific dive angle and height.
Fantastic aircraft.

That makes more sense, I thought the cocking thing was a bit odd
 

ericferret

War Hero
Back in the day they were a common sight here on route to the Donna Nook ranges and much beloved by our Springer Spaniel. It would return their howls at every passing.
Then one day they were gone and our Spaniel was silent.
It would eye the Tornados but wouldn't communicate.
Then one day after a couple of muted trial howls it decided that indeed Tornados were also worthy.
Normal service resumed.
 
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Do they practice vehicle recognition and identify markings or just quick movements out of theater?

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bcsack

Old-Salt
1980's was fortunate enough to meet up with RAF Offr (+Lab) who was acting as FAC for several US A10's - went with him to watch the fireworks. Just the 3 of us sat over the crest of a hill overlooking the impact area. A10's opened up as they came past us at a couple of hundred feet - awesome !!!
 
I wonder if they'll get the chance to prove themselves in their original role and theatre before they go out of service. I reckon Prince Vlad will delay any moves into Estonia until he's reliably informed there are no more A10s serviceable;).
Given reasonable suppression of Russian air defences , I reckon they'd take a toll of armour, even though it would be two way traffic.
 
I wonder if they'll get the chance to prove themselves in their original role and theatre before they go out of service. I reckon Prince Vlad will delay any moves into Estonia until he's reliably informed there are no more A10s serviceable;).
Given reasonable suppression of Russian air defences , I reckon they'd take a toll of armour, even though it would be two way traffic.
I'd like to believe this, but I'm sure I read smewhere that statistically in recent OPs the A10 came off far worse in terms of aircraft damaged V number of sorties flown when compared to other aircraft in the support role.
 
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