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All of the A-10's glass is bulletproof and the cockpit itself is surrounded by a heavy tub of titanium. Titanium armor protects both the pilot and critical areas of the flight control system. This titanium "bathtub" can survive direct hits from armor-piercing and high explosive projectiles up to 37mm in size. The front windscreen can withstand up to a 23mm projectile. Fire retardant foam protects the fuel cells which are also self sealing in the event of puncture.
Originally posted by Pockets
I love A-10's also, I would love to see a newer version
Originally posted by fritz
reply to post by PaddyInf[/url]
Steady on Paddy! That last bit looked a bit purvy to me!
One of my acquaintancies was with the Paras in Sangin when it really kicked off a couple of years ago. He was a member of a joint service FAC (?) calling in sky to mud and he just enthused about the A-10 all day and night.
Originally posted by ariel bender
The A-10 is based on highly successful Russian ground support aircraft, the stormovik. The Russian plane terrified German tankers and support crews as it had excellent close support capabilities.
"Soviet designers, as the Second World War approached, gave a special priority to aircraft optimized to destroy tanks; the first workable version was the Il-2 Shturmovik from the Ilyushin design bureau. Even though antitank operations were definitely in the planners' minds, the initial aircraft, the name of which means "Storm Bird" in Russian, were also general-purpose close air support planes. Current designers still cite it as an inspiration for armored CAS and antitank aircraft such as the Russian Su-25 and U.S. A-10"