U.S. Air Force

The Air Force is investigating after an A-10C Thunderbolt II fired a rocket during a training mission near Tucson, Arizona on Sept. 5.

Whoops.

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Welcome to Confessions Of, a weekly series where Task & Purpose’s James Clark solicits hilarious, embarrassing, and revealing stories from troops and vets about their job, billet, or a tour overseas. Are you in an interesting assignment and think you might have something to share? Email james@taskandpurpose.com with your story.

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A portion of the Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt II squadrons may end up grounded over the next few years due to desperately-needed wing replacements, with some of the aircraft stuck on the tarmac as early as fiscal year 2018, the head of Air Force Material Command announced on Sept. 20.

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Flickr Creative Commons photo by Holmes Palacios Jr.

From its distinctive “Brrrrrt” that spells out death and destruction for America’s enemies, to the iconic paint job emblazoned on its nose, the A-10 Thunderbolt is an American military icon.

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For those who have ever dreamed of calling in a gun run on backyard intruders — squirrels, racoons, neighborhood kids — there’s a new tool for your arsenal. A recent YouTube video shows a remote-controlled A-10 Warthog that someone custom-made in their garage, doing gun runs over a golf course. The tiny tank killer even has a cannon modelled after the real A-10’s 600-pound GAU-8.

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Beloved by American ground combat troops, the A-10 Thunderbolt II, or Warthog, is now a kickass toy thanks to an enterprising Lego aficionado. The YouTube channel Darth Designer posted a series of instructional videos that walk you through how to build a Lego A-10.

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