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Old 26th Nov 2014, 20:27
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A-10s go to Iraq

Finally.
Peace through superior firepower.
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 20:36
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Took 'em long enough.

Looking forward to GAU-8 vs ISIL pick-up!



It seems we have belatedly joined the Not-F#cking-About Club.
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 20:54
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Cant believe it took so long to move them there.

Oh wait. The Air Farce wants to use super tech fighters at 100 times the cost.

Could it not be that the big defense contractors make more money on new equipment than keeping tried and proven equipment at the front?

Now let me see, where do old Air Farce generals go when they retire?
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 22:11
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Perhaps even the A-10's Avenger gatling gun is a trifle overkill in this instance? Against the majority of targets that ISIS are fielding, a 7.62mm bullet should be more than enough. Maybe a few miniguns on the 11 pylons would be the answer against soft targets?

Glad to see the A-10 going out there as its proving once again that you can't beat time on station.

The A-10 Thunderbolt, the aeroplane every air force needs, but none wants...

Just noticed that the video says the stalling speed is 345mph. Just how much ammunition are they carrying???

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Old 26th Nov 2014, 22:15
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How is that 7.62 gonna get to the fight and stay there? What's going to fire the small caliber weapons?
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 22:29
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How is that 7.62 gonna get to the fight and stay there? What's going to fire the small caliber weapons?
The same way they did it on the Skyraider perhaps? In an SUU-11 pod.
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 22:45
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IS/IS/IL/Da'ish must still have some of that fine US taxpayer provided equipment supplied to the Iraq "army"

The A-10s will revoke that generous provision while the defense tools up to supply replacements to whatever succeeds the Iraqi "army"

If the Turks wouldn't put up an awful fuss, I'd just ship the weaponry to the Kurds
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 22:48
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In the dictionary under AWESOME is a picture of an A-10




AWESOME and then SOME


ps: if I did not have such a problem with my bowels when people are shooting at me, I might volunteer
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 22:49
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Pretty sure the curators won't take kindly to their museums being raided.

My point is what's active in the US mil at least would require getting a lot closer with 7.62, would risk not as effectively eliminating the threat and would endanger the crew. First time a vid of a helo pilot being decapiated is aired, the lukewarm support this op enjoys domestically would be gone.

This also plays to keeping the A-10 in the fleet past the date the AF wants,

I'll pay a few more bucks in taxes, keep firing the big stuff. Bounce the rubble if you want.
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 22:52
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I don't know from my limited experience in Otterburn just the look at one of them doing a run in on my OP was enough to invoke a fart which carried a bit of a risk factor.

They don't need to fire that gun of theirs to have an effect.

It looks like a killer, it is a killer, and they don't like it up them.
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 22:52
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I wonder if anyone predicted the Iraqi army vehicles might get in the wrong hands and thought of equipping them with remotely activated trackers and/or something in the engine management to remotely disable them?
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 22:55
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ps: if I did not have such a problem with my bowels when people are shooting at me, I might volunteer
Very good, truth be known, it is amazing anybody volunteers.
 
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if I did not have such a problem with my bowels when people are shooting at me, I might volunteer
Actually I thought was study done on the results of what actually happened under fire with large groups of soldiers. I believe a not insignificant percentage did what a lot of us think is unmanly. I believe it was in relation to WW11 or 1.

Empty ones bowl I believe when you think you may be in mortal danger is a survival reflex. Though I don't know how much we have gotten past that with conditioning.

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Old 26th Nov 2014, 23:20
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Seems to me Puff the Magic Dragon would cure most of those constipated ISIS scumballs pretty quickly.
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 23:37
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They don't even bother to nock the dings out.
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 23:48
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Originally Posted by Mechta
Just noticed that the video says the stalling speed is 345mph.
Yes. I noticed that, and I have seen them cruising around the brickwork chimneys in Bedfordshire (now long gone - the chimneys, not Bedfordshire) at speeds much slower than that.
According to Wiki:-
Maximum speed: 381 knots (439 mph, 706 km/h) at sea level, clean
Cruise speed: 300 knots (340 mph, 560 km/h)
Stall speed: 120 knots (138 mph, 220 km/h)
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Old 27th Nov 2014, 02:34
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Love that shot Jock.
Beaten up, butt-ugly and deadly.
Col. John Boyd would be proud, and I'm sure Mr Sprey is having a quiet laugh to himself somewhere.
I wonder if they carry IR pods which can see through the hail of lead and dust to record the disintegrating ISIL body parts.
That's one piece of gore I would have no problem watching.
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Old 27th Nov 2014, 02:47
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Every time the leadership of the US Air Force thinks they've rid themselves of this troublesome beast, another job pops up that only it can do.

I'd love it if the A-10 ended up lasting as long as the B-52.
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Old 27th Nov 2014, 02:57
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