A-10C Thunderbolt II

by Igor May. 24, 2011 9178 views

A-10C Thunderbolt II @ Barksdale AFB 2011 Defenders of Liberty Airshow

The A-10 [en.wikipedia.org]was designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a heavy automatic cannon which forms the aircraft's primary armament.

primary built-in weapon is the 30 mm GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling-type cannon

One of the most powerful aircraft cannons ever flown

it fires large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells. In the original design, the pilot could switch between two rates of fire: 2,100 or 4,200 rounds per minute

The cannon takes about half a second to come up to speed, so 50 rounds are fired during the first second, 65 or 70 rounds per second thereafter. The gun is precise; it can place 80% of its shots within a 40-foot (12.4 m) circle from 4,000 feet (1,220 m) while in flight. The GAU-8 is optimized for a slant range of 4,000 feet (1,220 m) with the A-10 in a 30 degree dive.

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Mallusatish Reddy 8 years, 4 months ago

Awesome plane,most amazing shots,thank for sharing !!

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Jan Eljapa 8 years, 4 months ago

One of my fav planes...
Great set!..

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Claire 8 years, 4 months ago

great post !

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