What It’s Like From the Inside of an A-10 Warthog

This is not a sleek, sexy flying machine. In fact, it is kind of ugly and mean looking. But ugly and mean are appropriate descriptions for this powerful aerial fighting machine.

When the troops on the ground are in the middle of a firefight, this is the air support they love the most. When it sweeps in with those engines growling, firing that minigun, it is the prettiest thing in the air.

This video will give you great insight into what it is like to drive one of these A-10s. Climb into the cockpit with this pilot and buckle up! The video was filmed at an air show in England. You will get all of the visual sensations of flying in one of these A-10s from a camera in the cockpit, and hear the pilot’s voice as he describes and explains every maneuver he takes this versatile and agile plane through step by step. You will have to use your imagination to “feel” the reality of flying in the A-10, but this video will make you want to add the experience to your “bucket list.”

We honor all those who drive these lean, mean, fighting machines. We at the Veterans Site know how important and beloved the A-10 is to the grunts on the ground. Enjoy the video and remember those who are still piloting them in harm’s way to support and protect our soldiers still in the fight.

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.