Also known as the Warthog, the A-10 is a close air support plane that is used to take out enemy main battle tanks. It's main weapon is the GAU-8/A Avenger, a seven-barrel gatling gun that can fire 4,200 rounds per minute (that's 70 per second). Each round is 30mm in diameter, weighs more than a pound and a half, and travels 1067 meters/second (that's more than 2200mph). The gun itself is larger and heavier than a Cadillac.


Click on the picture to learn more about the plane, via the Federation of American Scientists.


Click on the picture to learn more about the GAU-8/A Avenger via Stravonski's A-10 Page.

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