The Insane Engineering of the A-10 Warthog

May 23, 2020
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Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
Editor: Dylan Hennessy (
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3D Animation: Eli Prenten
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Thank you to AP Archive for access to their archival footage.

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

    Mathew AabergMathew Aaberg2 hours ago
  • 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 Taylor2 hours ago
  • like is yr from gta 5

    memes 4 life saifmislehmemes 4 life saifmisleh3 hours ago
  • නිර්ණය පිළිබඳ සිට ළමා කාලය බොහෝ

    Helen HallHelen Hall3 hours ago
  • The A10. Definition : An ugly girl used to screw the enemy.

    Flash RetroFlash Retro5 hours ago
  • 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 Hinton6 hours ago
  • 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?

    olsmokeyolsmokey6 hours ago
  • I don’t know why they call it “the Hog” but it’s a beauty to me.

    Julio SuarezJulio Suarez6 hours ago
  • 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 Purpose8 hours ago
  • One cannot ignore the lessons of war.

    Crom the WiseCrom the Wise9 hours ago
  • You make it sound like it's the best in the world and as though nothing else is better.

    R P CR P C9 hours ago
  • "The usage of depleted uranium is... not good". That's A BIT OF UNDERSTATEMENT, don't you think?

    jfrusciantetubejfrusciantetube10 hours ago
  • 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.

    neveragainneveragain12 hours ago
  • What's a merch and a t-wart? :P ;) Anyway, a very interesting and informative video :)

    Assimilator1Assimilator112 hours ago
  • The army has considered taking the warthogs off the air forces hands They're flying tanks

    Ash GreenAsh Green16 hours ago
  • 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 Salatan18 hours ago
  • people: YOU CAN’T JUST MAKE A MEME OUT OF A PLANE! A-10 warthog: haha machine gun go brrrrrrrt

    random guyrandom guy18 hours ago
  • The A10 is by far the most beautiful aircraft ever!

    USMC0331USMC033118 hours ago
  • You hear an a-10 your not dead

    sam bainessam baines22 hours ago
  • 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

    Marten00Marten00Day ago
  • call of duty games series only minigun firing

    Marten00Marten00Day ago
  • How effective that missile compared to the minigun ?

    Marten00Marten00Day ago
  • Designed by the advice of Ulrich Rudel. A famous Nazi stuka ace

    BriganteBriganteDay ago
  • Tactical air forces weren't created on D-Day.

    JasonJasonDay ago
  • 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.

    kevinbenkokevinbenkoDay ago
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    OG TimbercraftOG TimbercraftDay ago
  • 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. CallanDay ago
  • This plane is slow, low flying and bulky it could be shot down in many different ways. Stop boasting about your bad planes America.

    ΛLΞXΛLΞXDay ago
  • Cool fighterplane✨🦾✨

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

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

    Ronski SpeedRonski SpeedDay ago
  • 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 GardnerDay ago
  • 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 NobleDay ago
  • The A-10 is known as the Thunderbolt II or the Warthog, not Lightning bolt or Hog.

    This Old GoatThis Old GoatDay ago
  • 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 ImwoldDay ago
  • 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 BrewerDay ago
  • *thunderbolt*

  • That's sounds like freedom.

    Mike JonesMike JonesDay ago
  • It was loosely inspired on the WWII german HS129

    Caleb OuelletteCaleb OuelletteDay ago
  • Nothing can stop the US Airforce!

    IanIan2 days ago
  • good for home defence.

    DD2 days ago
  • 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

    PewPewsAlotePewPewsAlote2 days ago
  • 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”

    TheCoishiKingTheCoishiKing2 days ago
  • A-10 Warthog? More like, *A-Fart Machine of Death.*

    That One FuckwitThat One Fuckwit2 days ago
  • So * cough cough * none of these are... * cough cough * the anti-virals we... * cough * need right now?

    Ezekiel BrockmannEzekiel Brockmann2 days ago
  • 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'KA2 days ago
  • 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!)

    jeffk412jeffk4122 days ago
  • No one will ever beat an A-10!

    enterprise59enterprise592 days ago
  • Pave Penny FTW!!! :)

    Nightwing DuckNightwing Duck2 days ago
  • How can you do a documentary on the A-10 and not mention Hans Rudel?

    Devin HallsworthDevin Hallsworth2 days ago
  • Real Engineering is the best engineering.

    Dustin TravisDustin Travis2 days ago
  • Where can I buy one of this awesome plane !!!???

    Dre EscamillaDre Escamilla2 days ago
  • 10 Tons of depleted uranium was removed from Serbia, after NATO aggression on it. That "depleted" uranium caused 50% cancer increase.This is war crime and should be punished.

    XL LXXL LX2 days ago
  • Who you Tell the A 10 is A Bad bitch. Gulf war Veterans.

    terrystom1gw1terrystom1gw12 days ago
  • alot similar to Russias IL2 in WW2.

    Kappa BarkinKappa Barkin2 days ago
  • vtol inbound

    Renand EsposoRenand Esposo2 days ago
  • peace trough superiour fire power

    Patri the broPatri the bro2 days ago
  • This machine is my argument against those who believe owning guns will protect them from the US government. At some point, if you are successful with your militia, you'll come across something like that. An assault rifle isn't going to hack it. Do you have a billion dollars to escalate to that point? It's a lot easier and cheaper to vote.

    Andrew_OwensAndrew_Owens2 days ago
  • So a a-10 is like a modern IL2

    Ilmar122Ilmar1222 days ago
  • Great job on the video. And great job to American engineering. The A10 has saved a lot of American soldiers. A friend once asked an A10 pilot if it was as maneuverable as the claims. He just smiled and said, "More!"

    Michael FraserMichael Fraser2 days ago
  • My favorite airship for battle. Thanks for posting.

    The SentinelThe Sentinel2 days ago
  • What a fantastic Plane !!!

    Indigo972Indigo9723 days ago
  • Iam here coz i bought the B11 in gta

    乙TimeTraveler • 7 years ago乙TimeTraveler • 7 years ago3 days ago
  • This video should be called "The Insane Engineering of War". Because you have to be an idiot to propagate your own demise.

    photopickerphotopicker3 days ago
  • They fly these over where I live all the time. Very cool to see in real life when they do low flyovers.

    ThrillerKillerXThrillerKillerX3 days ago
  • Humans killing other humans thru the business of warfare is plane stupidity. Not impressed.

    Rey LeonRey Leon3 days ago
  • Uh-uh. The US and England's use of fighters and fighter-bombers for close air support in WW2 battlefields was due to NOT having a dedicated CAS aircraft. The Soviet Union had the Strumovik while the Germans had the Henschel HS-129. Best the US had was the P47 Thunderbolt with 8 50 cal machine guns and underwing rockets.

    John PombrioJohn Pombrio3 days ago
  • පසුව ගැරී අත හිම බූට් සපත්තු හා දොරේ

    Miranda AnistonMiranda Aniston3 days ago
  • Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrt!😉👍

    Porsche 911 GT3 RSPorsche 911 GT3 RS3 days ago
  • Loved it in terminator salvation

    Pinkie LovePinkie Love3 days ago
  • KARTVELI should be on Mt. Rushmore.

    11B10 Inf11B10 Inf3 days ago
  • Nice paint job 🎨

    Alford The GreatAlford The Great3 days ago
  • I'm a squid and even we have an odd reverence for the A-10. Every time the Chair Force talks about getting rid of it, Navy pukes get all sorts of pissy, even though we will never benefit from it, let alone see it in use (very small exceptions to that).

    Chris MarthiniChris Marthini3 days ago
  • Say 'Thwart', again, go on, I dare ya.


    home and electronics stophome and electronics stop3 days ago
  • *Ha Ha plane go *BRRRRRRRT**

    presofcamelot ehh?presofcamelot ehh?3 days ago
  • That opening will make even the hardest man giggle like a school girl...

    Nipple JohnstonNipple Johnston3 days ago
  • I wonder if you can use Gatling guns as an emergency brake.

    Manan AnwarManan Anwar3 days ago
  • The GAU-8 is the kind of gun they put planes on. It wasn't a case of "oh, we have this jet fighter, it kinda needs something other then missiles and bombs and s**t, lets trap this thing on". NO. it was a case of a guy making gun so awesome, he just stepped back and said, "this s**t needs to fly," and everyone else is like "you can't make a gun fly!" And the first guy is all like "f**k you. yes I can. I will strap a plane to this gun." And everyone else is like, "you mean strap the gun to a plane?" And the first guy is like, "no, man. I am strapping the PLANE to the GUN. The plane is an accessory." And then everyone's minds were blown, like, there was some serious mind blowing going on there. Ears were bleedin. (The above text is somthin i found online and memorized.) Massive fan of the A-10. Long live the Hog!

    Hayden HutzlerHayden Hutzler3 days ago
  • 😁👍👍👍👍👍