Why the A-10 Warthog is a Soldier’s Best Friend [VIDEO]

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It’s official name is the A-10 Thunderbolt II. But nobody calls it that. It’s the Warthog.

Why? Because it’s very ugly and very dangerous – and it’s every rifleman and grunt’s best friend.

When they say the A-10 is a plane built around a gun, this is what they mean:

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The cannon and it’s distinctive BRRRRRRRRRT sound have become the soldier’s best friend over Iraq and Afghanistan and are irreplaceable for the job they do – and that’s why Congress keeps extending the service life of the now 40 year old aircraft.