The Insane Engineering of the A-10 Warthog

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Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
Editor: Dylan Hennessy (
Animator: Mike Ridolfi (
3D Animation: Eli Prenten
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Thank you to AP Archive for access to their archival footage.

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  • Anyone who wants A10 gone is soulles

  • Love the Helm's Deep reference!

    Charles H.Charles H.2 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Love the video but this guy sounds like he is reading the script from a book and has no idea what he is reading about. He must be a Bangladesh call center guy making side money.

    Marshall CollinsMarshall Collins6 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I’m gonna start calling my wife “pilot” ...she’ll never know.

    Tom GibbsTom Gibbs7 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • The A-10 is like the B-52. It is such a great plane that it’s service life will be 20 times longer than expected. Only technology will bench this superb plane.

    Jeff SartainJeff Sartain8 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • When the gun is removed, a jack is placed under the tail because it is so front heavy.

    Phillip AndersonPhillip Anderson9 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Errr. Thunderbolt - not Lightning. Just to say

    R. R.R. R.9 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Random fact: only seven Warthogs were shot down or crashed that was the main reason why any nation won’t dare to fight the A10

  • USA please never get rid of this aircraft.

    Dean DeCarloDean DeCarlo11 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • A-10 enemy: Smile, you’re on candid cannon. Brrrrrrrrttt...

    Gregory BeavinsGregory Beavins11 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Using Uranium projectiles is very unethical. They poison the areas land and water for 1/4 of a million years causing birth defects and cancer.

    william glaserwilliam glaser11 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I will never forget my USAF experience. I was stationed at Barksdale AFB. We had a reserve wing at the time called the 917th. Thats where the A-10's were. I was a weapons loader on the B-52 from 93-97. As impressive as the BUFF was, the A-10 was truly something special. If you have never seen one up-close, then you are missing out. The 30mm round is just raw ass kickin power. We could hear them over at the firing range when they would strafe fire and rip that gun. It is a sound that is a one of a kind. So fucking cool. This vid doesnt really do it justice as far as how it sounds in person but its good enough. Cheers.

    MoRe bEErMoRe bEEr12 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • What about the UNSC AMG Warthog? That thing is a beast and it isn't even invented yet! Halo Fans know what I'm talking about

    Arjun SinghArjun Singh15 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • At 7:44 you state that the gun on the A-10 is mounted directly centered, which is incorrect. The gun is offset to the pilot's left and fires from the 9 o'clock position, which is the barrel that is directly centered. This also causes the nose gear to be offset to the pilot's right. Which means that the plane has a sharper turning radius when it turns right as opposed to when it turns left.

    Matthew LawsMatthew Laws16 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • This is the most American thing i have ever seen after full metal jacket

    The NutThe Nut16 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • The A10 goes brrrr

    Thunderjunk McbuttramThunderjunk Mcbuttram18 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Get some

    Oubai ShahbandarOubai Shahbandar20 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I was In Security Forces stationed at RAF Bentwaters from 83-86. The A-10 was Our primary resource lots and lots of A-10’s. It goes without saying the A-10 is a force to be reckoned with, It would be an injustice to the men & women that kept the A-10 in top notch shape. Those folks where very protective of their aircraft I once saw a civilian contractor get turned around and unknowingly wandered into a low priority non alert aircraft parking area or NAAPA. I would have never heard anything about it except I saw a civilian running towards my post with a crew chief right on his tail armed with the biggest wrench I had ever seen with his crew right behind them if that guy hadn’t made it over to me that crew would have pulverized him. I also had the privilege to see a speak to the pilots everyday and I can tell you from first hand experience those men are dedicated, tuff and cool as a rockstar. The reason I can vouch for their fortitude is we had a six week training exercise in which Army Green Berets came to our base from Bad Tolz Germany to train us in all things combat even though we had all went through the Army combat training course before we were stationed overseas upon completion of the training we were used as aggressors along with the SF guys. Basically we were the enemy and the A-10 pilots were shot down and ejected over enemy territory. We were trying to catch them and bring them back to the SF guys to be interrogated It sounded like fun at first a bunch of teenaged kids in camo Before it was all over every one of us were in shock and genuinely wished we never caught any of the pilots (some did reach the safe zone avoiding capture) Watching the Green Berets interrogating the pilots who were not lucky enough evade capture all I can say is my Oh my God. It’s December and cold enough for the snow on the ground not to melt these poor guys were blind folded and dropped off in to the middle of the forest with nothing other then the flight suite they were wearing in the middle of the night with the goal of getting to the safe zone w/o being Captured. The only problem was the only way any of them to get there was one of them getting caught so the others could sneak passed. It was brutal to watch they were literally tortured being stripped naked arms tied behind their back around a tree bucket after bucket of ice cold water being thrown on them and it was no joke by the time they had finished beating and freezing we thought that they were going to be killed brutally but not a single pilot talked they are tuff

    Charlie ValvoCharlie Valvo23 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Before i watched this the A-10 was cool, now its awesome!!!

    Mathew AabergMathew Aabergวันที่ผ่านมา
  • I've yet to meet a fellow Grunt (Infantryman) who didn't flat out LOVE the A-10... I don't give a damn that they're old, or ugly, they WORK!

    Ryan TaylorRyan Taylorวันที่ผ่านมา
  • like is yr from gta 5

    memes 4 life saifmislehmemes 4 life saifmislehวันที่ผ่านมา
  • නිර්ණය පිළිබඳ සිට ළමා කාලය බොහෝ

    Helen HallHelen Hallวันที่ผ่านมา
  • The A10. Definition : An ugly girl used to screw the enemy.

    Flash RetroFlash Retroวันที่ผ่านมา
  • when does one stop killing others. were it not for the sociopathic psychopaths of the world we wouldn't need such Real Engineering. But we are still just unevolved creatures imbued from instincts from who knows what source. But whatever the source was, it wasn't a peaceful, easy feeling for everyone else.

    Joseph HintonJoseph Hintonวันที่ผ่านมา
  • It looks as if the wingtips have been removed. Is there a reason for shortening the wings? and would it be worthwhile to extend them?

  • I don’t know why they call it “the Hog” but it’s a beauty to me.

    Julio SuarezJulio Suarezวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Depleted Uranium? What is the Half life of uranium? A10 pilots breath in Uranium as they fire it, it contaminates the country its used in. No question a war crime!

    On PurposeOn Purposeวันที่ผ่านมา
  • One cannot ignore the lessons of war.

    Crom the WiseCrom the Wiseวันที่ผ่านมา
  • You make it sound like it's the best in the world and as though nothing else is better.

    R P CR P Cวันที่ผ่านมา
  • "The usage of depleted uranium is... not good". That's A BIT OF UNDERSTATEMENT, don't you think?

  • LOVED to see these flying around in Tucson. And I've handled a dummy 30mm shell. And cannot possibly imagine anything/anyone getting hit with one much less hundreds.

  • What's a merch and a t-wart? :P ;) Anyway, a very interesting and informative video :)

  • The army has considered taking the warthogs off the air forces hands They're flying tanks

    Ash GreenAsh Greenวันที่ผ่านมา
  • I just watched this cuz I wanna hear some "Krrrrrrrrrrrt....................Brrrrrrrrrrg" I read that when you get shot by an GAU-08 its like a flippin size of a red bull can would pass through you, is that true? PS: If ever someone would get f'd up with a Hog maybe he would hear the krrrrt.... but not the brrrrrrg..... just saying

    Ruwell SalatanRuwell Salatanวันที่ผ่านมา
  • people: YOU CAN’T JUST MAKE A MEME OUT OF A PLANE! A-10 warthog: haha machine gun go brrrrrrrt

    random guyrandom guyวันที่ผ่านมา
  • The A10 is by far the most beautiful aircraft ever!

  • You hear an a-10 your not dead

    sam bainessam bainesวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Would it be possible in the future if the minigun could fire missiles with bullet power. If it weren't already possible? But when it comes to both military technologists, it could be whether this could be possible before the plane retires

    Marten00Marten002 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • call of duty games series only minigun firing

    Marten00Marten002 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • How effective that missile compared to the minigun ?

    Marten00Marten002 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Designed by the advice of Ulrich Rudel. A famous Nazi stuka ace

    BriganteBrigante2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Tactical air forces weren't created on D-Day.

    JasonJason2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I was in the Air Force during the "Cold War". I was told, and I don't know if it is true, that the A-10 is defined as a weapon system. That is, The weapon was defined FIRST, and the A-10 was, essentially, built around that hellacious, bad {rectum} machine gun! Yeah.... I was making A-10 models when I was an adolescence. When it takes off, it sounds like a vacuum cleaner.

    kevinbenkokevinbenko2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    OG TimbercraftOG Timbercraft2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It is named the "Thunderbolt II" (not the "Lightening Bolt") to honor the WWII P-47 Thunderbolt, which was the premier ground attack aircraft in the European theater.

    John P. CallanJohn P. Callan2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This plane is slow, low flying and bulky it could be shot down in many different ways. Stop boasting about your bad planes America.

    ΛLΞXΛLΞX2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Cool fighterplane✨🦾✨

    Janes WattimenaJanes Wattimena2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • "They are simply delighted when depleted uranium is taken off their hands and fired into a far away country" Insanity

    Zakk GardnerZakk Gardner2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • So that’s what candy corn grows into when you plant it?

    Ronski SpeedRonski Speed2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Since it's sole role has been in the wholesale slaughter of human beings who had no argument with us, and who live in countries without effective defense, yes, it _IS_ insane.

    Zakk GardnerZakk Gardner2 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Eh?

      Pete is never wrongPete is never wrong21 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Fun fact, the gun isn't actually mounted in the center of the hog. The barrel that actively fires the 30mm rounds is along the centerline, but the gun is positioned slightly to the left of center (from pilots POV).

    Jack NobleJack Noble2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The A-10 is known as the Thunderbolt II or the Warthog, not Lightning bolt or Hog.

    This Old GoatThis Old Goat2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The US Army won't let the Air Force faze out the A10 . The aircraft and their pilots have saved to many lives to be sent to the bone yard .

    Charles ImwoldCharles Imwold2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Bill Curtis - one o the engineers for the A-10 was a personal friend of mine. He told me in one of our many conversations that the A-10 was specifically designed as the "A-10 Tank Killer." The plane's MAIN design purpose was to counteract/nullify the USSR's massive tank force they could have easily used to "steamroll" into/over the area mentioned in the video. Note how the media here is not giving the whole picture, and when it shows tanks at the start, the word "America" is on one of them. We did not have the massive amount of tanks the Soviets did, hence the A-10 was built. Also, from the very beginning, the factual history should have been stated naming it was the Soviets wanting to invade the area, whereas this video just mentions "troops." BTW USSR - United Soviet SOCIALIST Republic - leftists take note of what socialism ACTUALLY is - YOU are the modern puppets of the an evil mindset. And of COURSE the A-10 has had enemies from the left side of politics trying to retire it from the start. communists infiltrated the left back in the late 50s. They finally have come to the point they now proudly show their ugly heads by calling themselves socialist deomcrats.

    Lee BrewerLee Brewer2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • *thunderbolt*

    SHORT MEMESSHORT MEMES2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • That's sounds like freedom.

    Mike JonesMike Jones2 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Sounds like, but after decades of being stuck in the Middle East, it's not really.

      Pete is never wrongPete is never wrong21 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • It was loosely inspired on the WWII german HS129

    Caleb OuelletteCaleb Ouellette2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Nothing can stop the US Airforce!

    IanIan3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • good for home defence.

    DD3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • not to mention the morale boost of hearing the A-10s weapon rip into the enemy, knowing that has your back? Even my pussy ass would rally behind that

    PewPewsAlotePewPewsAlote3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Russia: “We’ve got these tanks and they’re probably impossible to kill on short notice” USA: “That’s cute, but we have a plane that literally doesn’t care if you shot at it with a rocket launcher”

    TheCoishiKingTheCoishiKing3 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Don't be that cocky Russian have a wide variety of missile specially designed to take down planes and this plane is not that fast

      Ee MEe M4 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • A-10 Warthog? More like, *A-Fart Machine of Death.*

    That One FuckwitThat One Fuckwit3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • So * cough cough * none of these are... * cough cough * the anti-virals we... * cough * need right now?

    Ezekiel BrockmannEzekiel Brockmann3 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Did you comment on the wrong video.

      Pete is never wrongPete is never wrong21 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I'd like to see a comparison test made up of an A-10 "cockpit" side panel assembly, consisting of skin, structure, tub, etc... and the equivalent panel assembly of a F-15C, F-15E, F-16C, FA-18D, F-22A and F-35A, then see how resilient they are to typical ground fire (distance). What panel assembly would survive the best (keep pilot safest)? Oh, don't forget the time and cost to get it back into the fight.

    T'airn'KAT'airn'KA3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I am compelled to tell you how much I enjoy your work! Well written, well presented, well researched and you clearly know and care about your stuff! As an engineer, I cannot recommend your channel enough! keep it up (this is the third time I've watchewd this video, it is so good!)

    jeffk412jeffk4123 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • No one will ever beat an A-10!

    enterprise59enterprise593 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Perhaps. The Taliban have just signed an agreement with the US, so just like the Russians, yet another superpower has been kicked out of the region.

      Pete is never wrongPete is never wrong21 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Pave Penny FTW!!! :)

    Nightwing DuckNightwing Duck3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • How can you do a documentary on the A-10 and not mention Hans Rudel?

    Devin HallsworthDevin Hallsworth3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Real Engineering is the best engineering.

    Dustin TravisDustin Travis3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Where can I buy one of this awesome plane !!!???

    Dre EscamillaDre Escamilla3 วันที่ผ่านมา
The Insane Engineering of the A-10 Warthog