It is crazy that in the past some wanted to defund the A10, but the people that fly them do not.
Kickbacks and lobbying costs, I presume.
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Always a favorite ... saw the full capability at Volk Field, WI back in the late 80's. When they fly by and open full guns, it sounds like a giant fart. Lol
I remember when that wing was active at Volk. I never heard the gun but they buzzed me a couple of times when I was working. I imagine the machines were a good target. Here in Green Valley, AZ we have them flying over us at altitude from Davis-Monthan constantly.
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Can stingers be used on ground targets? They can, to an extent. The Stinger missiles fired from the Avenger platform can fire onto a ground target if the signature is large enough and the operator can get the seeker heads to solidly lock onto it. Various ADATS type missile platforms are also capable of engaging both air and ground targets. Many tanks have been knocked out with Stingers!
Was a cool plane, but the AC-130 gunships, F-35, predator drones and glide bombing at a distance are the future of air warfare as it moves into pilotless setups. The AC-130 can be really heavily armed and spray out ASM bombs from distance and also armed with 20 and 30mm cannons and heavy machine gun fire with armor piercing capability. The spooky stuff now is pilotless and so high up nothing can see them.
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