Best of A-10 Thunderbolt II – Cockpit View, Long & Short Range Strafing [Training Video]

Highlights video of the U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs while conducting training exercises and flights.

Footage includes: cockpit view, long range and short range strafing, bombing, close air support demonstration and air refueling.

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 the nicknames “Warthog” or “Hog”, its official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. The A-10 was designed for close air support (CAS) of friendly ground troops, attacking armored vehicles and tanks, and providing quick-action support against enemy 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.

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.

With a variety of upgrades and wing replacements, the A-10’s service life may be extended to 2040.

Video Credits: U.S. Air Force | U.S. Department of Defense

Thumbnail Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Drzazgowski

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Derivative works: Military Archive

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47 thoughts on “Best of A-10 Thunderbolt II – Cockpit View, Long & Short Range Strafing [Training Video]

  1. I wish there was a video of like a group of 4-5 enemy combatants standing in a group. Then an A-10 makes a direct hit on them with his gatling gun and shreds their bodies. In good detail you can see bodies just coming apart into piles of slop.

  2. The A-10 Tank Killer has been, as well as the P38-J Lightning , my most favourite aircraft of all of them.
    I played these 2 aircraft in any video game that has offered their appearance.

    They are just AMAZING!!!

    Thank you for this video!

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