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27 March 2011

A-10 Thunderbolt

When I was a kid I was fascinated with fighter planes, especially the A-10 Thunderbolt. We would go to the big air shows every year and watch the demonstrations and check out the cockpits. Every once in a while we would see them flying around the neighborhood from our local AFB. It's so unconventionally designed - pretty much a plane built around a giant gun. No swept wings give it insane lift for huge payloads, the elevated engines are more protected from AAA, and the titanium bathtub makes sure the pilot doesn't have to worry about getting shot in the butt. The Warthog is still active but being phased out by other more advanced systems, but I still love looking at the thing.

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