GoPro video shot from inside an A-10 Thunderbolt flying a Hawg Smoke 2016 mission

This is how BRRTTTTT sounds from inside the Hog’s cockpit.

Hawg Smoke is a biannual competition, gathering A-10C Thunderbolt II jets from several U.S. Air Force units and featuring strafing, high-altitude dive-bombing, low-angle high-delivery, Maverick missile precision.

Hawg Smoke 2016 saw 48 A-10C Warthog aircraft from 13 team operate at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, between Jun. 2-4.

This clip shows what a mission that includes GAU-8 Avenger strafing looks like from inside the cockpit: the 30mm rotary cannon is the Hog’s primary weapon and is able to fire 3,900 bullets per minute.


About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a 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 five books and contributed to many more ones.