MD Warthog demo team

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.
Cold War tech, far more effective aircraft exist nowadays. The gun is no longer a MBT killer, leaving it to destroy armd inf/mech inf which will travel with armour and integrated AD.
Low slow and nearly invincible worked in the 70s and 80s but they wouldn’t last long in peer/peer(+) engagements.
 
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A poor hand held photo of that A10. I'm a fan of the F22 and F16 too. Have seen them both fly at RIAT.
 
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’ll tell you what the A10 does badly. Getting on target in a timely manner.
 

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and forward landing gear is offset, so has different sensitivities in the foot brakes
...and can do a wheels-up landing on the wheels (subject to dumping ordnance, naturally)!
 

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When the gun is being fired, it fires 70 rounds then stops and the pilot has to squeeze the trigger again.
I was fascinated with this beast as a kid and so was bought lots of nice books - "coffee table" format, mostly. Still got them in a cupboard in my office at home. :) I recall reading that the recoil is sufficient that too long a burst can significantly reduce airspeed - presumably enough to induce a stall, hence the firing stop?
 

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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.
Very much so. And in terms of successful sorties (being able to get there in time and deliver the right ordnance; being able to enter contested airspace without inordinate levels of support, etc.).
 
You should read "Warthog--flying the A-10 in the Gulf war" by William L Smallwood. 1993, by Potomac Books, Inc, ISBN 1-57488-886-2.
 
I recall reading that the recoil is sufficient that too long a burst can significantly reduce airspeed - presumably enough to induce a stall, hence the firing stop?
Laws of physics etc etc
No, not the recoil at all, though this has been said about many aircraft/armament packages dating back to WW1!
It is more about air disruption caused by outgoing rounds and muzzle flash, which tends to disrupt airflow over control surfaces, or in the case of jets, ingesting gun smoke causes a 'cough'.

Warthog delay is due to the need for cooling between bursts, I believe.
 

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