Tuesday, September 6, 2011

CIAS 2011 :::THE A-10 WARTHOG comes to HOGTOWN

SHE'S A BEAUTY—but she's deadly!

THE A-10 was designed AROUND the GAU-8 Avenger which is basically a 30mm cannon/Gattling gun. Think an impressive 3,900 rounds a minute! Think bye-bye tank, armoured carrier, or column of vehicles. Think Operation Odyssey Dawn and bye-bye Libyan ground forces.

A-10s are famous for taking out enemy supply lines—in 1 to two second canon bursts! That's all it takes.They pounce on and pound their victims!

The A-10 has 1,200 pounds of armour and can fly even after being heavily damaged.

Remember Kim Campbell (not Canada's laughable PrIme Minister) but the USAF female pilot whose A-10 sustained incredible damage during the 2003 invasion of Iraq? With one engine gone on her A-10, her hydraulics gone, she still flew for over an hour in this condition and made it home.

MUST SEE: www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Stories1/001-100/0016_A-10...

The stubby wings are clipped for incredible manoeuvrability at low heights and at low speed.

The A-10—I thought I was watching flew around a 50 foot building, disappeared, and then was on top of us startled photographers—before we could fire off a shot. A camera shot that is!

I said to everyone there, that if this had been war—we'd be done!

We all laughed—but one guy didn't.

I love this airplane. In my top 5 for sure.

You 'gotta love Toronto's Air Show for 2011!

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