In case of complete hydraulic and electrical failure, the A-10 is the only frontline jet aircraft that can still be flown with pure 'manual reversion'. No computers needed. [950x1425]


That and putting them so near to at least one another lessens the yaw experienced when one goes. Together with that, they are shrouded and taken off your body therefore it is outside of the if they start kicking parts ...



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  • That and placing them so close to one another lessens the yaw experienced when one goes. On top of that, they are shrouded and removed from the body so if they start kicking parts it is outside of the body of the aircraft. Finally, having them where they are also lessens their heat signature. Basically, the plane is a flying can of bad-assery...that congress and others want to kill.
  • I've also heard of two other reasons they were placed there: 1) To avoid the intake of gasses from the GAU which could disrupt the engines 2) To avoid the intake of debris from GAUR tank-kills. Could also disrupt the engines. (Sorry no sources)
  • Unless the plane is flying at like 100 feet, I seriously doubt debris from its kills could be dangerous to the plane. Maybe if they hit an ammunition dumb or something but, in general the plane is too high, even when using the gun, to worry about something like that.
  • I disagree. If you hit the ammo storage of a tank, you could get shrapnel fairly high, and the plane naturally dives to attack. Also, it only takes one piece of shrapnel to kill and engine, so you might as well try and defend against this.
  • Right but the plane will still be at 1-2000ft. If they are so low that shrapnel is a risk then they are also at risk of being hit by just about every weapon in an enemies arsenal.
  • They are. They regularly fly close to ground cover like a helicopter, to get the advantage of limited radar visibility. The cockpit is entirely armored in an "iron bathtub." In combat they are meant to take hits from ground fire. They don't shoot much from a dive.
  • The problem is that modern AAA systems like the Tunguska would make short work of the A-10, same with stuff like MANPADs. In Afghanistan it works out fine for the A-10 because no one can shoot back with anything but small arms. In a conflict where people have more modern equipment the A-10 will be restricted to higher altitudes because otherwise they will be putting themselves at risk unnecessarily and will we lose pilots and airframes.
  • This is why the AF wants to replace the A-10. It was designed in a time when MANPAD system sucked balls and even missiles weren't all that accurate.
  • "Titanium bathtub" FTFY
  • Exactly, if it is at 1 foot, then you are going to get some problem.
  • Oh I totally agree but hey! I read it somewhere so it must be true!
  • There are slats on the leading edge that raise when the gun is fired to direct most gun gas away from the engine intake. Source: prior A-10 engine mech
  • That guns so dangerous it can kill itself with its own bullets. And it doesn't give a fack.
  • Elaborate, please. I'm intrigued
  • It's FOD
  • I mean, its old. The P-51 was a fantastic Aircraft, and very well designed. But better things come about. Drones are beginning to replace these things, and although it sucks it is just much more practical to use them instead.
  • While I agree that the a10 is old no other aircraft does closer air support nearly as well. Stones are completely useless for CAS. The latency on the feeds to the ground make it worthless
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