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Top 10 myths about the A-10 Thunderbolt II

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The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II – also known as Warthog – is an impressive aircraft. Well-liked by crews and servicemen, it is legendary in every sense of the word.

It also has a fandom that few other jets can rival. Popular with both aviation geeks and military enthusiasts worldwide, the A-10 even has its own rallying cry: the “BRRRT” – the approximation of the sound its gun makes.

The power of that gun certainly has a lot to do with A-10’s fame. Called the GAU-8, it is a seven-barreled hydraulically powered rotary cannon that can fire up to 70 soda can-sized projectiles every second. In addition, the aircraft can carry an enormous amount of ordinance, is impressively maneuverable, and was built to survive incredibly heavy damage. There are numerous photographs of it returning to base with hundreds of bullet holes across the fuselage.

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