The Insane Engineering of the A-10 Warthog

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Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
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  • At

    George SchebenGeorge Scheben5 saatler önce
  • This dude said lightning's thunderbolt

    james McGeejames McGee6 saatler önce
  • The A-10 is being looked at to be 're-engineered' that means updating and making it look and behave better.

    Mikey LMikey L7 saatler önce
  • Keep your supersonic,I’ll take sub sonic all day long,30 mm 7 barrels 22 foot long death wish,and depleted uranium shells

    Paul NuttallPaul Nuttall9 saatler önce
  • Ah Jaysus there’s a fellow Irish man now

    Darren MacEochaidh KehoeDarren MacEochaidh Kehoe10 saatler önce
  • Give the A-10's to the Army. -Oops there is a law against that. Only in the USA, rolls eyes.

    Greg SiskaGreg Siska11 saatler önce
  • As a ground troop in Iraq and Afghanistan let me just say that this flying gun, fancy chow halls, and man-starved female officers are the greatest things the Airforce ever contributed to the Army and Marines.

    hybredmoonhybredmoon12 saatler önce
  • No one: Literally not a single person: Fairchild Republic: /big cigarette drag/ “You ever see a gun with wings?”

    Taylor DeCastroTaylor DeCastro12 saatler önce
  • Warthog the God of fart😁

    hareeshkumar vasuhareeshkumar vasu13 saatler önce
  • "Well....we don't have to steal an A10 Hog now; I just watched youtube"..Putin

    N HN H14 saatler önce
  • 1150 30 mm rounds? The GAU-8's rate of fire is 3900 rpm! Soooooo, it can only fire for @ 20 seconds?

    christopher croghanchristopher croghan14 saatler önce
  • Depleted Uranium munitions are a warcrime. Real sad to see it brushed off like this.

    SpongeCroftSpongeCroft18 saatler önce
  • One of the most important planes ever developed and yet there are people who think it should be retired or at least they did in 2015.

    Jeffrey BinderJeffrey Binder19 saatler önce
    • Because there's a valid argument to retire them. The A-10 doesn't do any role that cannot be filled by another in-service aircraft. Basically the A-10 is a luxury, not a necessity.

      dumdumbinks274dumdumbinks2743 saatler önce
  • A 10 Warthog is cool .

    snowy the snowmansnowy the snowman20 saatler önce
  • 2:09 If it can fly home missing half a wing, I think its' survivability IS best in class.

  • A-10? Warthog.? Ahh.. Yes.. The *brrrrt* plane

    Bell Cranel Fire BoltBell Cranel Fire BoltGün önce
  • _"What if we made a HUGE gun and added a plane on it?!"_

    Nick KorkodylasNick KorkodylasGün önce
  • And now the Army, who refuses to help pay for the Hog, whose maintenance and upkeep and pilots are provided by the USAF, demands that we increase our funding for what has effectively become an Army aircraft operated by the USAF. Step your game up, Army!

    doctordankdoctordankGün önce
  • I love those geek references %) Nice video.

    AkuAkuGün önce
  • This plane is the mechanical representation of a dragon. Low flying, armored, roars and spits death from its mouth.

    Chris HiattChris HiattGün önce
  • Brrrrrrrrt

    Gronks DadGronks DadGün önce
  • Piece of garbage, all it's been used for is shooting up civilians in southwest asia. Mig 29 would take 10 of those flying pieces of crap out at once.

    David WiebeDavid WiebeGün önce
  • *Soviet tanks gathering in formation* *A-10:* haha mini gun go BRRRRRRRT

    Unabashed IndividualistUnabashed IndividualistGün önce
  • The firing barrel is set to the centreline of the A10, not the gun itself. Fires from the barrel when it is most to the left when viewed from the front. Gun is offset to the right when viewed from the front. -Regards An armchair expert.

    Hayden KoetsveldHayden KoetsveldGün önce
  • Oh, i am so sad you didnt show some more of the immense damage some of the A-10's returned to bases with during the korean and the gulf war and iraq

    Koizumi IzumiKoizumi IzumiGün önce
  • The f 35 can only win against the a10 is by getting a favorable testing by getting the a10 derated was reported by air force when testing was done head to head the ammo was halfed in the a10 etc and when a aircraft costs 100mill it's not gnna be sent into harm's way at a moment's notice without being debated on before

    Chris BoekChris BoekGün önce
    • Only happened in a single exercise after the USAF got desperate to prove a point that A-10 fanatics and politicians such as John McCain ignored for years. The F-35 has demonstrated it's ability to outperform the A-10 at the role of CAS in multiple exercises, which is something that you should expect considering the F-16 already outperforms the A-10 in the role of CAS.

      dumdumbinks274dumdumbinks2743 saatler önce

    Jonas ColemanJonas ColemanGün önce
  • Take a gun. Put it on mega doses of steroids. Build a plane around that gun: A-10. 🙂

    Bob StadelmayerBob StadelmayerGün önce
  • At least we are not speaking German.

    ThunderstruckThunderstruckGün önce
    • Brüder und Schwestern erhebt euch gegen die Sünde der Demokratie, es wird Zeit dass Deutschland wieder von fähigen Politikern geherscht wird die die Macht haben etwas zu verändern.

      Bruce UBruce UGün önce
  • They tryna be BRRRRRRRTT

    TubaKnightTubaKnightGün önce
  • Too bad USA dont make it anymore

    GangrepuceauGangrepuceauGün önce
  • 8:00 So they could've just mounted two guns facing backwards and done away with the engines.

    AudiofileAudiofileGün önce
  • I thought they kept the shell casings to prevent imbalacing the plane as the rounds are fired?

    Spok RecordingsSpok RecordingsGün önce
  • *I have to be honest, I learned about the A-10 while playing Squad and my curiosity for military air craft spiked. I watched your video on the SR-71 Black Bird it was fantastic, can you do one on the A-12 Arch Angel please? *

    GamerZ LogicGamerZ LogicGün önce
  • THUNDERBOLT!!! THUNDER. BOLT. Not Lightning Bolt. Also Warthog, not Hog.

  • I need the insane engineering of the vc-25a or b

    Well hello thereWell hello thereGün önce
  • 13:31 well said.

    CrookqtCrookqtGün önce
  • At 13:26 it is interesting that flying an older plane like the F-15 is so expensive.

    RickRickGün önce
    • That graph is comparing numbers that are calculated differently, and thus isn't remotely accurate. If using the same values that result in the A-10 having around a $5000 CPFH, then the F-35 is around $12000. If you look at it using the USAF method then you will find both the F-16 and A-10 around $20000, the F-15E around $28000, the F-35 around $35000, the F-15C around $42000 and the F-22 around $60000. I'm not sure about the F/A-18D, but the Super Hornet is around $25000. As for the difference between the F-15C and F-15E, the F-15E is cheaper due to having more rugged airframes built out of better materials, designed to last longer and under heavier loads. A lesser known related fact is that the F-15E is rated for higher G maneuvers than the F-15C.

      dumdumbinks274dumdumbinks2742 saatler önce
  • What is the A-10 Russian counterpart ?

    duenodelustucruduenodelustucruGün önce
    • SU-25

      Bruce UBruce UGün önce
  • 8:40 APU exhaust? No, Planus.

    IsometricGamingIsometricGamingGün önce
  • Long live the A-10 !

    Tulkas AstaldoTulkas AstaldoGün önce
  • Yay, the war is over! Yay, everyone gets cancer!

    Milton WaddamsMilton WaddamsGün önce
  • The gun is not mounted centerline with the fuselage, a fact that can be seen on the many A-10 pictures, its off center to avoid the gun flipping the plane ... Real engineering with the failures again.

    Juanx LinkJuanx LinkGün önce
  • Most ideal for India to tackle China in the Himalayas. I hope decision makers from Indian airr force are watching this.

    Ravi SatheRavi SatheGün önce
  • Anyone who wants A10 gone is soulles

    NifNif2 gün önce
  • Love the Helm's Deep reference!

    Charles H.Charles H.2 gün önce
  • Love the video but this guy sounds like he is reading the script from a book and has no idea what he is reading about. He must be a Bangladesh call center guy making side money.

    Marshall CollinsMarshall Collins2 gün önce
  • I’m gonna start calling my wife “pilot” ...she’ll never know.

    Tom GibbsTom Gibbs2 gün önce
    • lmao

      sunbeamsunbeamGün önce
  • The A-10 is like the B-52. It is such a great plane that it’s service life will be 20 times longer than expected. Only technology will bench this superb plane.

    Jeff SartainJeff Sartain2 gün önce
  • When the gun is removed, a jack is placed under the tail because it is so front heavy.

    Phillip AndersonPhillip Anderson2 gün önce
  • Errr. Thunderbolt - not Lightning. Just to say

    R. R.R. R.2 gün önce
  • Random fact: only seven Warthogs were shot down or crashed that was the main reason why any nation won’t dare to fight the A10

  • USA please never get rid of this aircraft.

    Dean DeCarloDean DeCarlo2 gün önce
  • A-10 enemy: Smile, you’re on candid cannon. Brrrrrrrrttt...

    Gregory BeavinsGregory Beavins2 gün önce
  • Using Uranium projectiles is very unethical. They poison the areas land and water for 1/4 of a million years causing birth defects and cancer.

    william glaserwilliam glaser2 gün önce
  • I will never forget my USAF experience. I was stationed at Barksdale AFB. We had a reserve wing at the time called the 917th. Thats where the A-10's were. I was a weapons loader on the B-52 from 93-97. As impressive as the BUFF was, the A-10 was truly something special. If you have never seen one up-close, then you are missing out. The 30mm round is just raw ass kickin power. We could hear them over at the firing range when they would strafe fire and rip that gun. It is a sound that is a one of a kind. So fucking cool. This vid doesnt really do it justice as far as how it sounds in person but its good enough. Cheers.

    MoRe bEErMoRe bEEr2 gün önce
  • What about the UNSC AMG Warthog? That thing is a beast and it isn't even invented yet! Halo Fans know what I'm talking about

    Arjun SinghArjun Singh2 gün önce
  • At 7:44 you state that the gun on the A-10 is mounted directly centered, which is incorrect. The gun is offset to the pilot's left and fires from the 9 o'clock position, which is the barrel that is directly centered. This also causes the nose gear to be offset to the pilot's right. Which means that the plane has a sharper turning radius when it turns right as opposed to when it turns left.

    Matthew LawsMatthew Laws2 gün önce
  • This is the most American thing i have ever seen after full metal jacket

    The NutThe Nut2 gün önce
  • The A10 goes brrrr

    Thunderjunk McbuttramThunderjunk Mcbuttram2 gün önce
  • Get some

    Oubai ShahbandarOubai Shahbandar2 gün önce
  • I was In Security Forces stationed at RAF Bentwaters from 83-86. The A-10 was Our primary resource lots and lots of A-10’s. It goes without saying the A-10 is a force to be reckoned with, It would be an injustice to the men & women that kept the A-10 in top notch shape. Those folks where very protective of their aircraft I once saw a civilian contractor get turned around and unknowingly wandered into a low priority non alert aircraft parking area or NAAPA. I would have never heard anything about it except I saw a civilian running towards my post with a crew chief right on his tail armed with the biggest wrench I had ever seen with his crew right behind them if that guy hadn’t made it over to me that crew would have pulverized him. I also had the privilege to see a speak to the pilots everyday and I can tell you from first hand experience those men are dedicated, tuff and cool as a rockstar. The reason I can vouch for their fortitude is we had a six week training exercise in which Army Green Berets came to our base from Bad Tolz Germany to train us in all things combat even though we had all went through the Army combat training course before we were stationed overseas upon completion of the training we were used as aggressors along with the SF guys. Basically we were the enemy and the A-10 pilots were shot down and ejected over enemy territory. We were trying to catch them and bring them back to the SF guys to be interrogated It sounded like fun at first a bunch of teenaged kids in camo Before it was all over every one of us were in shock and genuinely wished we never caught any of the pilots (some did reach the safe zone avoiding capture) Watching the Green Berets interrogating the pilots who were not lucky enough evade capture all I can say is my Oh my God. It’s December and cold enough for the snow on the ground not to melt these poor guys were blind folded and dropped off in to the middle of the forest with nothing other then the flight suite they were wearing in the middle of the night with the goal of getting to the safe zone w/o being Captured. The only problem was the only way any of them to get there was one of them getting caught so the others could sneak passed. It was brutal to watch they were literally tortured being stripped naked arms tied behind their back around a tree bucket after bucket of ice cold water being thrown on them and it was no joke by the time they had finished beating and freezing we thought that they were going to be killed brutally but not a single pilot talked they are tuff

    Charlie ValvoCharlie Valvo2 gün önce
  • Before i watched this the A-10 was cool, now its awesome!!!

    Mathew AabergMathew Aaberg3 gün önce
  • I've yet to meet a fellow Grunt (Infantryman) who didn't flat out LOVE the A-10... I don't give a damn that they're old, or ugly, they WORK!

    Ryan TaylorRyan Taylor3 gün önce
  • like is yr from gta 5

    memes 4 life saifmislehmemes 4 life saifmisleh3 gün önce
  • The A10. Definition : An ugly girl used to screw the enemy.

    Flash RetroFlash Retro3 gün önce
  • when does one stop killing others. were it not for the sociopathic psychopaths of the world we wouldn't need such Real Engineering. But we are still just unevolved creatures imbued from instincts from who knows what source. But whatever the source was, it wasn't a peaceful, easy feeling for everyone else.

    Joseph HintonJoseph Hinton3 gün önce
  • It looks as if the wingtips have been removed. Is there a reason for shortening the wings? and would it be worthwhile to extend them?

    olsmokeyolsmokey3 gün önce
  • I don’t know why they call it “the Hog” but it’s a beauty to me.

    Julio SuarezJulio Suarez3 gün önce
    • A10 Warthog

      clambakeclambakeGün önce
  • Depleted Uranium? What is the Half life of uranium? A10 pilots breath in Uranium as they fire it, it contaminates the country its used in. No question a war crime!

    On PurposeOn Purpose3 gün önce
The Insane Engineering of the A-10 Warthog