AirVenture 2017 - Pretty Good Photographs

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Thunderbolt

Known affectionately as the Warthog, the A10 Thunderbolt II is a well respected close air support and forward fire control platform. It has been operational since 1978, and still fulfills a critical role as a fearsome tank killer. The Gatling type cannon protruding from the nose is capable of firing 3900 rounds of depleted uranium 30 mm ammunition per second. The airframe is actually built around the cannon. If I counted correctly, this one also has 10 hard points for missiles, bombs, countermeasure pods and/or external fuel tanks.

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