The Insane Engineering of the A-10 Warthog
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Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
Editor: Dylan Hennessy (
Animator: Mike Ridolfi (
3D Animation: Eli Prenten
:Sound: Graham Haerther (
Thumbnail: Simon Buckmaster


Thank you to AP Archive for access to their archival footage.

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Octavium - Robert Ruth
Melted Mind - Max Anson
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  • Tech Maharaja
    Tech Maharaja

    I Bought this one in GTA V . its very good

  • VictoSN

    Gta kids:tHaTs tHe B10 YoU IdiOts

  • Cabin In the Woods
    Cabin In the Woods

    Nice to see another large channel from an Irishman

  • 8Jory

    This plane is one of those things that's so ugly, it's beautiful.

  • john wyborn
    john wyborn

    Depleted uranium is a most despicable war crime. Any country that employs such imoral tactics, has set itself up for certain humiliating defeat as God will see to it! Even if its the self righteous usa

  • Fredrik Astlid
    Fredrik Astlid

    Why Insane that is such a false statement.

  • Christoph Horstmann
    Christoph Horstmann so, I did not know that the A-10 is capable of flying remotely.

  • გიორგი ႵႠႰႧႥႤႪႨ
    გიორგი ႵႠႰႧႥႤႪႨ

    Made by a Georgian, Aleksandre Kartvelishvili (aka Alexander Kartveli)

  • Chris Musix
    Chris Musix

    The TIE Fighters of our day.

  • Wendy Watson
    Wendy Watson කළේ නෑ ඔහු නපුරු නමුත් හැඟීම

  • Derek Porupsky
    Derek Porupsky

    Can you having that in Vietnam, Vietnam is what made the A-10, All except were Russian aircraft were.

  • Mark Thorsby
    Mark Thorsby

    Thank you for the video, fascinating. If I know American military contracts; why choose between the a10 and f35? Let’s have both.

  • GetRekt lol
    GetRekt lol


  • rtrThanos Ezekyle Abaddon
    rtrThanos Ezekyle Abaddon

    I’ve always been a fan of military aircraft so I knew what I was looking at the first time I saw it for real. But nothing can prepare for your first real-life encounter. I was in boot camp at Fort Lost-In-The-Woods, Missouri, working on my shot grouping at the rifle range. And I hear what sounds like a chainsaw coming from my left. I didn’t see anything obvious at first, but then I saw some flares in the sky and that’s when I saw the Warthogs. I’d see them dive down, a long puff of smoke come out of their nose and trail behind them, then a few seconds later I heard what sounded like a really mean chainsaw before they pulled up and popped flares while banking. I was amazed at the sheer volume of fire they were laying down, yet I heard nothing for a good 5 seconds later. Being raised in the Midwest that has many insane thunderstorms I knew that each second between seeing the lightening and hearing it is about 1 mile, so those Hawgs were a good 5 miles away and still loud as hell. I’d rather piss glass than be on the receiving end of an A10 cannon. I’m sorry but no F35 or F-anything can match that firepower, intimidation, or time on station, which is why the A10 will have a long service life like the B52. It’s simple, it’s cheap, it’s effective, and it doesn’t need a $400,000 helmet to operate.

  • Bill Martin
    Bill Martin

    Trump is a draft dodger

  • Rule Ten
    Rule Ten

    The original engineers consulted with the world's greatest pilot, Hans Ulhrich Rudel.

  • G Lopez
    G Lopez

    Some one at the pentagon ordered specs for a tank that could fly so Fairchild came up with this Mo Fo

  • will edwards
    will edwards

    It costs $200,000 to fire that gun for 12 seconds (70 rounds per second at a cost of $238/ round), yet grandma is only getting a 1.6% cost of living adjustment in her social security this 2020 year. With the exploding costs of meat she will no doubt have to go back to eating cat food again. To add insult to injury the military will be disposing of 35 million ($8,330,000,000 cost) of these rounds due to the depleted uranium heath risks from these 30 mm rounds. And we just wrecked our entire economy and gave the Banksters/ Wall Street/ Big Corporations 8 trillion dollars in stimulus money because we wanted to keep grandma safe? Cut me a freaking break!@#

    • G Lopez
      G Lopez

      Will Edwards is the proper way to initiate this comrade use spell check it is must favored by all external BOTS

  • JC cohen
    JC cohen

    Is it me, or does it sound like a fart when the gatling is firing?

    • G Lopez
      G Lopez

      Yes but you get to hear it after the ammo has hit the target So the bad guys are on their way see the virgins when the sound gets there.

  • Randomguy

    I remember the old AFN commercial back in the late 70's, Announcer: A-10 Thunderbolt II's, were glad there on our side!, then you would see an A-10 strafe a Soviet era tank and hear that famous brrrrrrrrrrt.

  • Perry Champ
    Perry Champ

    If Chuck Norris were an airplane this would be the one.

  • doge_ fish
    doge_ fish

    A-10 at the beginning sounds like a fart

  • Dezzer89

    Designer: "hey guys, we got this amasing gun that we have put on this killer plane!" General: "what does it shoot?" Designer: "we have invented these huge shells that can kill anything.. but it means that every shell contains nuclear waste" General: "well.. we got alot of nuclear waste.. lets do it, we can worry about the nuclear waste after we have pushed back the Soviets!" Designer: "god idea sir!" *2003* Politician: "we need to free the people of Iraq from their dictator, and then fight the terrorists in Afghanistan.. lets use the Warthogs, the ammunition is cheap" *2020* Documentary: "..the largest part of the gun is the ammo drum, which typically contains 1150 rounds.." my mind: "each of those rounds contain radioactive waste, 1150 for each plane.. how many Warthogs are in the middle east.. how many missions have they flown, using their main armament?.. i wonder how many bullets have been fired on Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and the rest of the world.. the US is actively encouraging a fallout scenario in the rest of the world.. oh god its worse! they build a plane, firing radioactive bullets into other nations.. be course its cheaper than actually bothering about their own nuclear waste!!"

  • Marc Williams
    Marc Williams

    Scrap the 35, group the 10's and 16's for battlefield dominance. Pepper in super18's, 15's, a surveillance bird and the sat net for air superiority. If aliens show up, they can get these hands too cuz Space Force is active also.

  • EffingSix

    The A-10 resembles the gloster meteor.

  • A. Paul
    A. Paul

    The universe is teeming with life but they hide cause we're the "Hulk smash" species.

  • Ballsy Ballsyone
    Ballsy Ballsyone

    Love the ARRRRRs and the Buuuuts! HAHAHAHA

  • BandanaDrummer95

    I remember a soldier once being asked which weapons system was his favorite. His answer was the Air Force. Probably because of this


    The A-10's design had input from a German WWII Stuka pilot. Hans Ulrich Rudel, the most decorated pilot of any nation. He knocked out over 500 Soviet tanks. He flew the first tank destroyer Stukas with cannons. This could be why in part the A-10 is so successful in that Rudel understood what it took to kill a tank and have an aircraft live in a hostile low attack arena of the front line. His Stuka said: bumpbumpbumpbumpbumpbump

  • Lex_Ka

    it sounds like its ripping a massive fart when it fires

  • r1too

    13:22 WTF?!?!?!?! How much is that a minute!!!!!

  • Saurabh Singh Makrahi
    Saurabh Singh Makrahi

    brrrrrrrrt... brrrrrrrrt...yea..that sound is legendary...will make u shit ur pants if u're in an armoured vehicle 😁

  • TheSpoonyluvin

    I love the analogies the video used... Rocky, Mohammad Ali, Gandalf riding into Helmsdeep. That's good writing.

  • Jon Wick
    Jon Wick

    The cost per hour of operation between the F35 and the A10 alone makes the A10 the best choice for providing close air support.

  • RomanLeone

    The creations of the White Man are simply wonderful!

  • SomeGuyWithAChannel

    Soilders: sir we have the gun you requested General: good, now find a way to put that motherfucker in the sky

  • Joe Vignolo
    Joe Vignolo

    I personally got a chance to experience what its like to be attacked by an A-10. Some of my Air Guard buddies and I had parked our truck in an open field next to the runway to watch an A-10 put on a flight demonstration for an airshow. When it took of it circled around and started to come right at us. Then it made the first of six high speed low altitude passes right over us. We found out afterwards that as the pilot taxied out he spotted our truck sitting there and decided to use it as his target. By luck we just happened to be in the right place at the right time and ended up with the best seats in the house.

  • Sigmund Q Freud
    Sigmund Q Freud

    20 dollars for a year? Thats not a bad deal. I spend half that on condoms per year.


    a-10 go BRRRRTTTT tehe 🙃

  • Ploke Newo78
    Ploke Newo78

    Other countries: It's a airplane with a gun attached USA: It's a gun with an airplane attached.

  • John Steve
    John Steve

    People : A-10 Warthog Me : B-11 StrikeForce

  • John Galt
    John Galt

    A10, when the US decided to show the world that they could make a flying tank.

  • Big Pun
    Big Pun

    everyone loves the sound of a good fart!

  • The Frugal Jeeper
    The Frugal Jeeper

    I guess we only need The A-10 and F-16.

  • Jeff Guevara
    Jeff Guevara

    China & Russia thanks you for the information.

    • Pete is never wrong
      Pete is never wrong

      A joke, right?


    *THE PLANE THAT LITERALLY FARTS DEATH !!!* Who would want to get rid of THE HOG.

  • Victor Sardenberg
    Victor Sardenberg

    11:24 They are delighted to shoot uranium in countries far away? so nice of you. And, please, remember, that America is one or 3 continents. You, crazy war people, are just one sad country. Peace!

    • Victor Sardenberg
      Victor Sardenberg

      11:17, in fact

  • Charles Cole
    Charles Cole

    Great vid. FYI the name is the “Thunderbolt II”. Not “Lightning Bolt”. But commonly it is called “Warthog ” not “Hog”

  • Chris Yoo
    Chris Yoo

    USA:we need to do somthing the 1person i the meeting lets make a flying tank

  • Robert Webber
    Robert Webber

    so hate the new paint job which they would have stayed green camo.

  • Friendly Neighborhood A10
    Friendly Neighborhood A10

    nobody like nobody at all, comment section: BrRrRRrrrRrrrtt

  • Horseman n
    Horseman n

    I can appreciate the appeal of a multi-role fighter, but trying to replace fighters that specialize in certain conditions/circumstances is foolish.

  • James Bews
    James Bews

    I'll never forget seeing and hearing this plane in Afghan... incredible!!

  • Juan Garcia
    Juan Garcia

    American JU-87

  • Sj R
    Sj R


  • Crazy Brit - Nasa Fan
    Crazy Brit - Nasa Fan

    The only two things that could make Chuck Norris cr@p his pants, Bruce Lee and the A10.

  • Crazy Brit - Nasa Fan
    Crazy Brit - Nasa Fan

    Lightning bolt? Nah. THUNDERBOLT. Hog? Nah. WARTHOG. Apart from those two this is a good vid, you got a like from me.

  • Your Mom101
    Your Mom101

    I love the sound of the GAU Avenger it’s like a laser

  • J Thomas
    J Thomas

    I think it looks more like a puma.

  • Nordestication bixim
    Nordestication bixim

    Maravilhoso canhão. Meu anjinho preferido.

  • Juxta Postin
    Juxta Postin

    wow I want one

  • 465marko

    I always wondered why there was exhaust coming out the tails of airliners! I even asked a stewardess once when I was a kid, but she thought I was talking about planes with an actual tail engine... and I was too young to push the point lol Now I know.

  • Waqar Mian
    Waqar Mian

    It has built-in fart sounds

  • Wat

    8:33 the front landing gear is offset to make room for the gun, I assume

  • JohnIsSuperscool

    Hey it would be so cool if you did a vid on guided bombs and missiles

  • schpaff me
    schpaff me

    Protecting something.

  • sus dot html
    sus dot html

    They say if you hear the shots, they weren't meant for you.

  • GeneraL_LOL

    *infantry in enemy territory* A-10 - " you hurt me bois, Imma brrrtttt you"

  • Patrick McGee
    Patrick McGee

    My A-10 Battle Damage Repair experiences during the Persian Gulf War of 1991 with the 2951 Combat Logistics Support Squadron - ABDR. A few of the still photos in this video probably came from here.

  • Corolla Maxx
    Corolla Maxx

    One of the reasons they didn't get rid of this plane is because , many ground troops came out and said this plane saved their hides. This probably was the best ground support plane that ever existed. It was totally hell on the receiving end on one of these things. (look it up and judge for yourself). The courage it took to fly one of these things at very low levels to protect the ground troops was amazing. This is a very bad aircraft. The ground troops must have this plane. It's worthiness has been proven time, and time. Ask any ground Veteran who had a Warthog in the vicinity and I'm sure you will be in for a good story. God Bless!

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