A-10 “Warthogs” bringing the pain – Afghanistan

Saw this clip of British troops watching a CAS (Close Air Support) mission flown by US A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft against what I assume is Taliban forces.

First come the explosions, followed by what one friend described as the sound of “The fog horn from the river Styx” as the 30mm cannon (Gatling gun) rips into the enemy forces.

Note, the Brits at first thought they were “Okay” where they were, then decided a more strategically advantageous position was desirable;

Now, to see what it was they were watching from other than the ground-pounder’s vantage point, step out of the trenches and check out Warthogs in action;

NOTE One kid, a BU3, was killed in Iraq as a result of mis-handling one of these 30mm rounds. They can be found anywhere, and look similar to a carbide-tipped ripper tooth on a trencher. We found one that somehow wound up on a 50 Ton lowboy trailer, and thinking it was in fact a ripper tooth, it was picked up and examined.

The part you'd normally find is the part in the holder's right hand

Cutaway of the part that'll kill ya

An EO1 spotted it, and recognizing it for what it was, gave it carefully to our GM2 for disposal.

The GM2 tossed it into an EOD det hole where it exploded on impact. Needless to say, if you see something similar while traipsing ’round the sandbox, don’t friggin touch.

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About Erick Brockway

Living in Camarillo, CA, about 45 miles North of LA. I have a son, and two daughters. Working two jobs (welcome to California life), plus a (now retired) reservist in the US Navy Seabees so life is busy!
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2 Responses to A-10 “Warthogs” bringing the pain – Afghanistan

  1. EastBayLarry says:

    Awesome videos.
    I’ve always liked the A-10 and it’s great to see them in action.

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