U.S. Air Force A-10 Close Air Support missions as seen through GoPro cameras

This is one of the coolest A-10C Thunderbolt videos ever.

GoPro cameras in the cockpit of U.S. Air Force A-10s while they fly at low altitude or through the mountains, refuel from a KC-135 tanker, fire AGM-65 Maverick missiles and GAU-8 Avenger 30 mm hydraulically driven seven-barrel Gatling-type gun.

It may be close to retirement (even though it is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq and strengthening U.S. presence across eastern Europe), but the “Hog” remains one of the most badass aircraft around.

The video was filmed by pilots of the 25 Fighter Squadron belonging to the 51st Fighter Wing at Osan Air Base, South Korea.

H/T to Tom Demerly for the YT link

 

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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.

4 Comments

  1. The U.S. needs to hold on to thisc aircraft as long as possible because it scares the he’ll out of Russian tankers. For the simple reason it can defeat any armor on the battlefield including the so called Armata M-14 super tank. Ir sole purpose for being designed was to destroy soviet (Russian) armor. Also since there is currently no replace aircraft that can do the job as effectively. The F-35 is a joke it has only been able to preform ground attack or close air support missions in training in the low 20 precentage range. Q here as the A-10 constantly performs in the high 90 precentage range. Not to mention the cost of the plane compared to an A10. Alsobanother weakest of the F-35 is it is not accurate enough to provide CAS in danger close situations. Where during Iraq and Afghanistan I have had the A-10 engage targets as close as 30 meters from me. So love this aircraft and protection your congressman to continue maintaining and up grading thus aircraft because some one you know life may depend on it. Get rid of B-52s (70year old bomber) to be able to fit it in the budget.

  2. CAS missions are extremely important. Right now Ukraine have problems because SU-25 is poor maintained and vulnerable to SAM. Most of Russian military adventure is armoured vehicles which would be shredded by A-10. F-35 is beginning of downfall of capability of USA military.

  3. Awesome video, bad ass plane, would not like to be on the receiving end of one of those..

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