first published on January 1, 2018 by Josh
If you have ever been an infantryman on the ground in the middle of a raging gunfight, you know the feeling you get when the A-10 comes on station. When you see that warthog flying in low and slow, looking as if it is about to fall out of the sky, there is only one thing you are waiting to hear in the middle of the chaos raging all around you. When the cannon opens up, and you hear the rounds start to impact with your enemies, you’d be lying if you said you did anything other than grin like a big dopey moron. The next sound you hear though, that’s the one that makes everyone absolutely lose it. When you hear the clouds tear open, and the Thunder God’s cannon Brrrrrt. You lose your mind.
For the enemy, there is nothing more terrifying than the approach of an A-10 Warthog. You were already most likely fighting a losing battle against a superior force. The troops on the ground you just ambushed were already better equipped, and better trained than you when you initiated this ill-advised attack. Not only did they fix your position with accurate small arms fire, and start to close with your little hole in the ground, but they also called in the God of Thunder today, and you know what that means. Within seconds the troops you made the decision to ambush are going to walk that pilot directly on top of your position. Once that pilot has you lined up, and he starts to descend through the clouds, you know it’s already too late to escape your destiny. The last sound you’ll ever hear is the screaming of your dying comrades, and the gunshots of the troops closing in on top of you to congratulate the pilot on another successful mission.
Grunts in the Sky: The A-10 in Afghanistan is a mini-documentary about the A-10 and their pilots. It was recorded in the summer of 2014 in Afghanistan, and it interviews several pilots and grunts. The documentary also contains a lot of really great combat footage from Operation Enduring Freedom that you have probably never seen before. If you’ve ever found yourself sitting in the hooch with your squad after a gunfight where you thought everyone was going to eat it, and thanked the Gods of Thunder for the A-10 support you received at just the right time, you need to watch this video. It’s about 20 minutes long, but it is well worth every minute you spend watching it. If you can’t watch it right now, make sure you add it to your watch later list and come back to it. You will not regret sitting through this one.