April 24, 2005

Sunday Aircraft Cheesecake (A-10 Thunderbolt a/k/a "Warthog")

This week, we feature the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt (sometimes known as the "Warthog"). One of my long-time favorites, this craft simultaneously straddles the aesthestics of WWII bombers and modern jets. Though named after the WWII US P-47 fighter, this flying tank-killer is much closer in spirit to the WWII Soviet IL-2/IL-10 Shturmovik.

Here's a nice view of the 30mm gatling gun around which the rest of the plane is built:

And a view of the plane in flight:

Posted by JohnL at April 24, 2005 09:44 PM

Sweet! One of my favorite planes, even if it was designed to kill my tank.

Posted by: Eric at April 24, 2005 11:27 PM

A ? re: aircraft cheesecake because I'm too lazy to go searching through the archives: have you ever done a series on the gliders used in the D-Day landing?

Amazing stuff they achieved with those.

Posted by: Kathy at April 25, 2005 01:03 AM

Kathy, I haven't featured any of those gliders yet, but that's a good idea.

Posted by: JohnL at April 25, 2005 08:35 AM

Last year, for the 60th Anniversary, I "liveblogged" the D-Day landings, meaning I went through and constructed a timeline of what happened and when it happened and posted it at the exact time. Pretty dorky, I know, but it was informative. I learned more about D-Day than I had ever thought possible. I honestly had not heard anything about the gliders before I did that post, and I thought they were fascinating. Particularly since they were constructed of wood and wrapped in canvas, which was painted with camo. Just amazing stuff.

Posted by: Kathy at April 25, 2005 11:55 PM

That was a great set of pictures!

Posted by: RP at April 26, 2005 07:05 AM
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