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Here’s what it looks like on the receiving end of an A-10 Warthog's scary-as-f*ck gun run
There are few things more glorious than the furious BRRRT! of the A-10 Warthog's GAU-8/A Avenger 30mm autocannon laying the law on ground-based foes — and now we know exactly why the sound inspires as much fear in America's adversaries as it does joy in its allies.
The above video, published by the 137th Special Operations Wing back in 2017 and brought to our attention by our friends at Zero Blog Thirty, shows an A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 175th Wing at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Maryland, unleashing a hail of lead directly onto the camera's position.
The 175th Wing was part of a joint force deployed to Estonia in August 2017 to train with NATO allies, training that included various combined aerial-ground exercises with the 175th WG A-10s and Estonian joint tactical air controllers from Ämari Air Base.
While airmen love to brag about the A-10's firepower in ridiculously exaggerated terms like "a cannon with wings" or "Chewbacca with chainsaw arms," the 137th SOW video captures the brutal reality of the A-10's close air support capabilities.
But the best part of this video comes after the salvo of 30mm shells. The camera flips, dust and smoke rising, and the last thing we see is the A-10 cruising by overhead, a solitary middle finger to what's left of the enemy.
The U.S. government failed to effectively account for nearly $715.8 million in weapons and equipment allocated to Syrian partners as part of the multinational counter-ISIS fight, according to a new report from the Defense Department inspector general.
On Feb. 19, 1945, more than 70,000 U.S. Marines conducted an amphibious assault to take the Island of Iwo Jima from fortified Japanese forces. Over the next 36 days nearly 7,000 Marines would be killed during the battle, which is regarded as one of the bloodiest of World War II, as they faced hidden enemy artillery, machine guns, vast bunker systems and underground tunnels. Of the 82 Marines who earned the Medal of Honor during all of World War II, 22 medals were earned for actions on Iwo Jima.
Now, 75 years later, 28 Marines and Sailors who fought on Iwo Jima gathered to remember the battle at the 75th and final commemoration sunset ceremony Feb. 15, 2020, at the Pacific Views Event Center on Camp Pendleton, California.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), has long been seen as an apologist for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whom she met during a secret trip to Damascus in January 2017.
Most recently, a video was posted on Twitter shows Gabbard evading a question about whether Assad is a war criminal.
Since Gabbard is the only actively serving member of the military who is running for president — she is a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard — Task & Purpose sought to clarify whether she believes Assad has used chlorine gas and chemical weapons to kill his own people.
The Army is almost doubling its purchase of new bolt-action Precision Sniper Rifles as its primary anti-personnel sniper system of choice, according to budget documents.
Air Force gunsmiths recently completed delivery of a new M4-style carbine designed to break down small enough to fit under most pilot ejection seats.