Written by Frank M. Lin 12/22/2016 6:41 am @ Union City, California
Aiya… such a beautiful story. My tears lol.
Gotta love destructive testing.
Sonic Boom!!! Must be Captain Guile from SF2 as pilot. 😛 This is the type of bad-ass US military shit that makes me proud. Salute to Special Ops dudes. Mr. Lynch is a super bad ass pilot!! Fucking awesome!! Then getting chased by SAM (surface to air missile) lol. You can’t make this stuff up.
As a child the first time I laid my eyes on the A-10 I absolutely fell in love with its design. It is probably my favorite war plane.
This is probably the most bad ass story about the A-10. LOVE IT!! Facts about the A-10:
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, twin turbofan engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic for the United States Air Force (USAF). Commonly referred to by its nicknames Warthog or Hog, its official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, a World War II fighter that was effective at attacking ground targets. The A-10 was designed for close-in support of ground troops, close air support (CAS), and providing quick-action support for troops against helicopters and ground forces. It entered service in 1976 and is the only production-built aircraft that has served in the USAF that was designed solely for CAS. Its secondary mission is to provide forward air controller – airborne (FAC-A) support, by directing other aircraft in attacks on ground targets. Aircraft used primarily in this role are designated OA-10.
The A-10 was intended to improve on the performance of the A-1 Skyraider and its poor firepower. The A-10 was designed around the 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon. Its airframe was designed for durability, with measures such as 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of titanium armor to protect the cockpit and aircraft systems, enabling it to absorb a significant amount of damage and continue flying. Its short takeoff and landing capability permits operation from airstrips close to the front lines, and its simple design enables maintenance with minimal facilities.