Inside The Warthog’s Cockpit During Close Air Support Strafing Run

first published on February 18, 2018 by

Take a ride inside the cockpit of an A-10C “Warthog” as it conducts close air support training operations.

This video recorded during training exercise Operation Guardian Blitz on Jan 31, 2018, at MacDill Air Force Base, FL shows what it’s like to be sitting on top of the notorious GAU-8/A Avenger 30 mm hydraulically driven seven-barrel Gatling autocannon as it erupts from the A-10 Thunderbolt II, more commonly known as the “Warthog.”

The aircraft from 163rd Fighter Squadron, 122nd Fighter Wing (Black Snakes), out of Fort Wayne, IN was taking part in Operation Guardian Blitz which focused on improving Close Air Support (CAS) capability as well as interoperability with Forward Air Controllers. The exercise also included elements of aerial Combat Search and Rescue missions.


“The A-10 Thunderbolt II has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and is a highly accurate and survivable weapons-delivery platform. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions. The wide combat radius and short takeoff and landing capability permit operations in and out of locations near front lines,” according to

The Warthog can carry up to 16,000 pounds of ordnance on eight under-wing and three under-fuselage pylon stations. Normal armament for the aircraft includes, but is not limited to: 500 pound Mk-82 and 2,000 pound Mk-84 series low/high drag bombs, incendiary cluster bombs, mine dispensing munitions, as well as AGM-65 Maverick and AIM-9 Sidewinders.


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