Aviation Photo #1062832 Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II - USA - Air Force

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"Cleared hot." A 30mm round is visible just leaving the smoking barrel.
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    Steve Kempf
    USA - Air Force
    Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II
    Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II
    Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II
    Fairchild
    A10-0693
    81-0998
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    Grayling Air Gunnery Range
    Michigan
    USA
    June 2006
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Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome shot Steve! As always! 5 Stars!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Glad to see someone visiting Grayling- keep them comming!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Good "Smoking Gun" shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Excellent!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I love the A10, built to take a lot of stick, a machine gun with a plane attachted, fantastic !
Anonymous
11 years ago
Excellent timing! Now if only the weather...

Isn't the recoil of that gun actually stronger than the thrust from the engines? Or is that just another aviation fairytale?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow, nice action shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is a great action shot, I live next to the airport where this plane is based and get to watch them all the time. Though, no like this!
Anonymous
11 years ago
In response to the German wrighter below: Yes, that is true. Firing depleted uranium shells at such high velocity is bound to generate some awesome recoil.

5 stars.
Anonymous
11 years ago
That's an armor piercing round.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing photo Steve! You rock!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The A-10 "Warthog" flies relatively slow but is a real tankbuster.
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW What an amazing picture!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing, especially being able to see the projectile leaving the gun.
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is a very nice picture of the A-10. I like how it's shooting it's gun. What is the price tag on a A-10?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great timing, Awesome Photo! 2 of these planes were following me July 11 2006 while I was dirt bike riding in the trails between Grayling and Gaylord. What a sight! - Let's see more from Grayling, Steve.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot! The A-10's gun doesn't generate more recoil than the thrust from the engines, otherwise it couldn't fly and fire (It's be like a strong reversor). But it does, however, slow the aircraft down up to 30 knots.
Anonymous
11 years ago
WHAT A SHOT!! I love this airplane, when that gun fires you can hear it from miles away. This isthe ultimate tank-buster!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot, the A-10 is a great weapons platform, but the only bad thing is that it can only have constant fire for only about 18 seconds, any longer and the barrels will melt. NOW THATS POWER!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
And this aircraft was built around the gun...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot, keep up the good work
Anonymous
11 years ago
Incredible shot, that has a double meaning.
:)
Dang!
Anonymous
10 years ago
What situation could possible call for the need to fire non-stop for 18 seconds? Not much of a problem if you ask me. I doubt it carries 18 sec worth of rounds... too heavy at that firing rate w/ DU rounds...
Anonymous
9 years ago
To some the sight of the warthog means death,to others it assures safety and to the oppress nation it means freedom. r ovalle iah mechanic
Anonymous
6 years ago
The Warthog can fire somewhere in the range of 60-70 rounds per second. At that rate a 1/2 to 1 second burst is enough to completely disable a main battle tank. So firing for 18 seconds is unlikely to ever be necessary.

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