This video will bring you as close to piloting the A-10 Warthog as you can get without actually flying it

Low level flying, strafing runs, rockets shooting from the cockpit of a U.S. Air Force A-10 Warthog.

This video brings you aboard an A-10 Thunderbolt II (“Warthog” or “Hog” in fighter pilots lingo) from 355th OG (Operations Group) during a training mission from Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

There is a lot of low-level flying (as low as 100 feet AGL), strafing runs with the GAU-8 Avenger, white-phosphorus rockets usage as well as taxi, take-off, pattern activity and landing.

Interestingly, you can even have a quick look at the aircraft kept in storage by the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG)  at the “Boneyard” at Davis Monthan AFB, as the A-10C turns of base leg for final approach.

Even if the A-10 is still considered the best CAS (Close Air Support) plane ever designed, and many advocate the use of the Warthog in the war on ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon considers its capabilities limited in particular scenarios, such as the Pacific theatre.

Whereas the USAF favoured the retirement of the A-10 to save 3.5 Billion USD for other procurement projects, US House of Representatives voted against the plan to retire the A-10 fleet as part of its fiscal year 2015 (FY 2015).

H/T Giuliano Ranieri for the heads-up

 

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David Cenciotti is a freelance journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written four books.

13 Comments

  1. Bravo U.S. House! We’ve got to keep this old and reliable warhorse around. No military is going to risk a fragile and expensive F-35 for close air support, even if it could do such a thing.

      • The AF would let them go to shit & scrap them for 6 cents a pound before giving them to the army

        Re: C27 Spartans

      • If the AF retired the A-10, the Army or the Marines would be trying claim the A-10 fleet for their own. I could see the Marines as a huge possibility as they know how to maintain older equipment.

        • Sadly, the only things the Army or the Marines get out of the A-10 being retired is a loss in the ability to call in a truly amazing CAS platform. When the military retired the A-1 in the middle of the Vietnam War they used F-4s and A-7s to fly CAS. Unfortunately, they couldn’t fly slow enough to keep up with helicopters and so they burned a lot of gas flying in circles to keep around the helicopters. This put more of a logistical strain on the tankers. They realized as much and the A-10 platform was born partly out of that lesson. Retiring it now is just a repeat of the same mistake. The military once took guns out of aircraft only to realize the mistake when it was too late. They’re repeating it again. It seems no one in the Pentagon today remembers that the lessons of war aren’t something that go out of style very easily.

  2. Flying the Warthog is like sleeping with a fat girl: It feels great but you never want your friends to see you doing it!

    The only airplane in danger of birdstrikes from the REAR!

    • Warthog pilots and PJ (pararescue) guys are about the only Air Force personnel widely respected by those serving in other branches of the military. The Army and Marines love the Warthog pilots because they know the Hogs will get down and dirty for the fight. They love the PJs because they know they’ll do whatever it takes to save lives.

    • Flying the A-10 Warthog is like finding that special woman who doesn’t look like much when you meet her, but turns out to be loyal, intelligent, talented and a total demon in the sack.

      You hook up once with the A-10 and you’ll be racking up three houses, five cars, two trucks, a boat, three motorcycles, five kids, fifteen grandkids, and forty seven great grand kids…and she’ll be there for you for as long as you wish to remain living, just so long as you return her love. Every girl has needs, but in the long run, her needs are really quite reasonable.

      Every bird who has ever hit her from the rear has ended up as a brown smear upon the face of the earth.

  3. I went to college in Tucson. The UofA campus is right under the flight path for Davis-Monthan AFB. I always enjoyed watching the A-10s flying over on approach.

    • You can thank the movie Top Gun. Ever since then, there’s always some kind of rock n roll music with footage of jet aircraft.

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