10 Unbelievable A-10 Warthog Facts You Need To Know

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#10 – The A-10 Contains The Heaviest Automatic Cannon Ever Put On An Aircraft

The first on our “10 Unbelievable A-10 Warthog Facts You Need To Know ” list is the 30 mm GAU-8/A Avenger sits in the front of the aircraft, with the barrel protruding from the nose of the A-10. It is the heaviest automatic cannon ever mounted on an aircraft.

#9 – Some A-10 Warthogs Have A False Canopy

The next of our A-10 Warthog Facts is some of these aircraft have a ‘false canopy’ painted on the belly of the aircraft. A little off topic, but you might check out facts about C-5 Galaxy.

#8 – The A-10’s Gatling Gun Has Armor-piercing Rounds

Another one of our A-10 Warthog facts you might not know is engineers designed the Gatling gun to fire high explosive incendiary and armor-piercing depleted uranium rounds at a rate of 3,900 rounds per minute. We love this aircraft and would like to get a scale RC vehicle that looks like the real thing.

#7 – The A-10’s Gatling Gun Weighs A lot

The Gatling gun accounts for 16 percent of the A-10’s weight. And here we thought C-130 Hercules were heavy.

#6 – Armor Protects The A-10 Warthog’s Flight Control System

This is not a an easily forgotten aircraft. The A-10 cockpit and flight control systems are surrounded by 1,200 pounds of protective armor called the “bathtub”. It’s capable of withstanding 50-cal bullets or 23mm armor-piercing rounds.

#5 – People Commonly Call The A-10 Thunderbolt II A “Warthog” 

Here is an aircraft industry fact most people don’t know. Because of it’s cumbersome appearance the A-10 was nicknamed “Warthog”.

#4 – As Of 2021, The A-10 Is Still Active In The U.S. Military

The United States Air Force only has one aircraft dedicated solely to air-to-ground support, the A-10 Warthog.  Production began in 1976 and the A-10 is still active today.

#3 – The A-10 Warthog Has Interchangeable Parts


The landing gear, engines, vertical stabilizers and some other parts on the A-10 are left and right interchangeable – meaning they can operate on either side. That allows it to be serviced at a forward location and put back in combat much sooner than other aircraft.

#2 – The A-10 Gatling Gun Heats Up Quickly

The Gatling gun heats up so fast that pilots can’t fire for more than a few seconds at a time. Doing so would overheat the barrel and render it ineffective.

#1 – The A-10 Warthog’s Engine Is Behind The Wings

Here is an amazing A-10 Thunderbolt II fact. The A-10’s General Electric TF-34-GE-100 engines are mounted high, above and behind the wings. This positioning gives them protection from ground fire.