An A-10 from the 355th Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., delivers a volley of 30mm rounds to a stationary ground target during the Hawgsmoke A-10 gunnery and bombing competition at the Barry Goldwater Range complex in Arizona. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Christina D. Ponte)

There are few sounds more welcome to U.S. military personnel than the sound of an A-10 Thunderbolt II's GAU-8/A Avenger 30mm autocannon raining down a hail of lead on an unsuspecting enemy force.

But here's a question: How the hell do you actually spell (and, in turn, pronounce) that sweet, sweet sound of freedom?

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U.S. Air Force Capt. Daniel Lagomarsino, 75th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot, and his girlfriend, Kacey Borden, share an embrace during a redeployment at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Jan. 25, 2019. The 75th FS returned from Southwest Asia after a six-month deployment in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. (U. S. Air Force/Andrea Jenkins)

Some things are just so good, they bring tears to your eyes. Take, for example, the sight of fresh snow on a clear winter day, or the soft fur of a friendly puppy, or, for many in and out of uniform, the distinctive BRRRTT sound of a 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon spitting 3,900 rounds a minute of 100% organic fury from the steel-grey nose tip of an A-10 Warthog.

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Retired Brig. Gen. Jim Mackey presents the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor citation to Lt. Col. Anthony Roe, a flight commander with the 303d Fighter Squadron, during a ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 2, 2019 (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Alex Chase)

The A-10 Warthog and its brave pilots solidified their reputation as the infantry's guardian angels earlier this month when two Missouri-based airmen received one of the military's most prestigious medals for their role in saving dozens of grunts, engineers and special forces under heavy fire in Afghanistan.

The Distinguished Flying Cross is rarely awarded, let alone awarded twice on the same day to two members of the same fighter squadron, Lt. Col. Rick Mitchell, commander of the 303rd Fighter Squadron, told more than 200 onlookers at the ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base on Nov. 2.

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After years of uncertainty, the Air Force has finally decided to add two new light attack aircraft to its inventory.

The service on Thursday released final requests for proposal for Textron Aviation's AT-6 Wolverine and Sierra Nevada Corporation/Embraer Defense & Security's A-29 Super Tucano.

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The beloved A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft is picking up a brand new "three-dimensional" surround-sound audio system too boost Warthog pilots' situational awareness.

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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.

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