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Cockpit View During Live Fire A-10 Strafing Runs [Video]

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GoPro view from inside the cockpit of the A-10 Warthog during live fire strafing runs with its 30mm GAU-8 Avenger cannon. (www.youtube.com) Altro...

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PSUAth
Nice view. Wish there was a forward facing view when firing.
jbqwik
jbqwik 1
Notice the entire plane shake when the gun fires (1 minute mark). I can only imagine what that's like. I, too, wish there was a forward cockpit view.
PSUAth
on one of the documentaries, they state that the recoil is equal to the thrust of the engine. So if they held the trigger they could potentially stall.
paulgilpin1953
actually, the force of the gun firing is equal to the thrust of one engine. the first time it was fired in flight, the starboard engine was rendered inoperable due to the large amount of gas generated by firing the gun. the plane damn near crashed. that was funny. no it wasn't. just FYI the following is not urban legend.

Because the gun's recoil forces could push the entire plane off target during firing, the weapon itself is mounted laterally off-center, slightly to the portside of the fuselage centreline, with the actively "firing" barrel in the nine o'clock position (when viewed from the front of the aircraft), so that the firing barrel lies directly on the aircraft's center line. The firing barrel also lies just below the aircraft's center of gravity, being bore sighted along a line 2 degrees below the aircraft's line of flight. This arrangement accurately centers the recoil forces, preventing changes in pitch or yaw when fired. This configuration also provides space for the front landing gear, which is mounted slightly off-center on the starboard side of the nose.[17]

The GAU-8/A utilizes recoil adapters. They are the interface between the gun housing and the gun mount. By absorbing (in compression) the recoil forces, they spread the time of the recoil impulse and counter recoil energy transmitted to the supporting structure when the gun is fired.

The A-10 engines were initially susceptible to flameout when subjected to gases generated in the firing of the gun. When the GAU-8 is being fired, the smoke from the gun can make the engines stop, and this did occur during initial flight testing.[2] Gun exhaust is essentially oxygen-free, and is certainly capable of causing flame-outs of gas turbines. The A-10 engines now have a self-sustaining combustion section. When the gun is fired the igniters come on to reduce the possibility of a flame-out.[18]

The average recoil force of the GAU-8/A is 10,000 pounds-force (45 kN),[3][19] which is slightly more than the output of one of the A-10's two TF34 engines (9,065 lbf / 40.3 kN each).[20] While this recoil force is significant, in practice a cannon fire burst only slows the aircraft a few miles per hour in level flight
aidon
Cut and paste from here if anyone is interested: http://www.wikiwand.com/en/GAU-8_Avenger

One should really credit the source - the reference link numbers are a give-away!
jbqwik
jbqwik 1
Had not seen this one. Excellent. Thanks.
paulgilpin1953
really?
of course it was a cut and paste. the only people who couldn't tell are complete idiots.
<i>the reference link numbers are a give-away!</i> seriously? give away? they are an indication. the reference numbers were left in place because i didn't care if people knew it was a cut and paste.
are you for real? you're not a bot are you? while we're here i notice you did not credit www.crybabywhinyass.com with your comment.
one should consider if one gives a shit about one's comment if one is going to post claptrap such as yours.
aidon
It is common courtesy that if you are using or quoting a source, you should credit that source. If you don't care if people know, why didn't you credit the source?
paulgilpin1953
it's called absentmindedness. i'm sure a perfect person such as yourself has never had that happen. here's another scoop for you. i only intended to post the last paragraph, but instead it appears i got four, now don't it.
have i ever posted links before. sure, i do it all the time.
and here's some more information for you. if you had not taken such a condescending tone in your reply, i would have been more conciliatory in mine. but now that i know i'm dealing with a "link nazi", i thoroughly intend to do it intentionally here. you see, i have this character flaw about dealing with faux authority.
jbqwik
jbqwik 0
So, I admit I didn't understand your use of link number reference until you pointed out your intention. I saw no harm in it and am grateful to Aidon Jennery for posting the full link.
I, too, have been guilty of cribbing and used the feedback to improve.
Your defensive tone is not warranted, in fact a bit counterproductive.No one got killed, don't take it so personal.
paulgilpin1953
trying to get the toothpaste back in the tube is also counterproductive. it has nothing to do with cut and paste. it is the implied accusation that i am taking credit, i.e., i wrote the content of the cut and paste. i did not write it. i just stuck it there to answer a guys question.
what's the use.
aidon
Excellent; my job here is done! ;-)
wylann
wylann 1
That is an urban legend, FYI.
jbqwik
jbqwik 2
Yes but a good one 😀
PSUAth
would have hoped the documentary fact checked that before airing.
mmarcovitch
I can't imagine the F-35 being able to fly that low for this kind of attack. The Army is worried about the same fact. There needs to be another A-10 type aircraft. The F-35 seems to be more of stealthy replacement of the F-16.

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