A-10 Warthog Gatling Gun Low-flying Strafing Run – Cockpit POV
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An Iconic Weapon of Modern Aerial Warfare
There are a lot of things that make the A-10 a formidable aircraft. One such reason is the warbird’s huge 30mm autocannon.
During a demo exercise in Arizona, this USAF A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team pilot gave us a view of what a strafing run looks like in their point of view.
The primary weapon used by the Warthog is the General Dynamics GAU-8/A Avenger 30mm autocannon. Its massive gun can have a rate of fire of up to 4,200 rpm, but pilots usually fire 3,900 rpm in two-second bursts – the first firing 50 rounds, the second 65 or 70.
As you can imagine, the Warthog can easily pelt enemies from far away – perfect for giving allied ground troops more space in the battlefield.