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Friday, March 25, 2011

A-10 Thunderbolt

When I was a kid I was fascinated with fighter planes, especially the A-10 Thunderbolt. We would go to the big air shows every year and watch the demonstrations and check out the cockpits. Every once in a while we would see them flying around the neighborhood from our local AFB. It's so unconventionally designed - pretty much a plane built around a giant gun. No swept wings give it insane lift for huge payloads, the elevated engines are more protected from AAA, and the titanium bathtub makes sure the pilot doesn't have to worry about getting shot in the butt. The Warthog is still active but being phased out by other more advanced systems, but I still love looking at the thing.

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  1. "pretty much a plane built around a giant gun" designed to kill tanks.

  2. This makes me so happy! I just went on a field trip to the National Aviation Museum in Ottawa and for our next assignment, we have to design a poster for the museum using illustrations of air plane details.
    Thanks for the post!

  3. That's my favorite plane too!!!
    see mom, I really am a designer at heart :-)


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