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01-15-2010 11:47 AM  8 years agoPost 1
hootowl

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Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinions of sheep

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01-15-2010 12:37 PM  8 years agoPost 2
Taipan

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Damn! How big are the rounds & how many?

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01-15-2010 01:14 PM  8 years agoPost 3
T Howard

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Looks like he just puked.

OHHHH crap!! That was fun

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01-15-2010 02:07 PM  8 years agoPost 4
irocu88

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Damn! How big are the rounds & how many?
30mm, and about 1400 I think.

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01-15-2010 02:48 PM  8 years agoPost 5
ErichF

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The GAU-8 30mm rounds are almost as big as your forearm.

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01-15-2010 03:17 PM  8 years agoPost 6
DustinB

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You must have some tiny arms.

Up to 1350 rounds. Every 3rd round I think is depleted uranium to penetrate tanks and armored vehicles.

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01-15-2010 03:45 PM  8 years agoPost 7
DOperchal

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Not anymore really. DU rounds have no use when they have no armor. Most of the rounds utilized currently in OIF and OEF are High Explosive Incindiary. Essentially a 30mm grenade

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01-15-2010 03:49 PM  8 years agoPost 8
buzzsaw

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This will give ya an idea of the ammo size

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01-15-2010 04:14 PM  8 years agoPost 9
BEAR

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I love the wart hog its sutch an ugly b*gger!!! The recoil from firing that gun slows the air speed down!!

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01-15-2010 05:26 PM  8 years agoPost 10
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Bring the rain!

Which is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care!

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01-15-2010 05:31 PM  8 years agoPost 11
hootowl

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Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinions of sheep

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01-15-2010 10:30 PM  8 years agoPost 12
r2helis

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hootowl, you always come up with great pictures. Thanks for posting them.

Pound for Pound, Heli's are a blast..... Roland

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01-15-2010 10:51 PM  8 years agoPost 13
hootowl

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I post them cause I love that stuff and an know alot of you guys do too!

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01-15-2010 11:17 PM  8 years agoPost 14
Taipan

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Thanks, and the total weight of those rounds?

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01-17-2010 03:34 AM  8 years agoPost 15
Mark C

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The GAU-8 Avenger is one of my all time favorite Military hardware pieces.

Great WIKI article here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GAU-8_Avenger

Here is some more physics to ponder:

If firing the 4650 grain Depleted Uranium (DU) round at a muzzle velocity of 3500ft/sec and you add in another 350ft/sec of the A-10 in a diving strafe for a total projectile muzzle velocity of 3850ft/sec then a single round is carrying 126,442 ft/lbs of kinetic energy.

If you consider that a typical burst into a target may be 200 rounds then you have transferred more than 25 MILLION foot pounds of energy to your target. There ain't too much that can survive that.

The A-10 Thunderbolt is an aircraft designed around one of the most incredible kinetic energy weapons ever created.

Here is a peek at the monster they are feeding that hides within the A-10....

Updated to more recent mv specs M.C.

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01-17-2010 04:14 AM  8 years agoPost 16
hootowl

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The General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger is a 30 mm, hydraulically-driven seven-barrel Gatling-type rotary cannon that is mounted on the United States Air Force's A-10 Thunderbolt II. It is among the largest, heaviest and most powerful aircraft cannon in the United States military, and when the entire cannon with its drum-style ammunition magazine is considered, is the single largest forward-firing cannon ever fitted into an aircraft.[citation needed] Designed specifically for the anti-tank role, the Avenger delivers a very powerful round at a high rate of fire.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GAU-8_Avenger

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01-17-2010 05:33 AM  8 years agoPost 17
kirk

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Not sure if someone can confirm this but I have been told that when an A-10 attacks a tank the first few rounds hit the same spot on the tank. After they hit the tank armor enough in that one area the rounds penetrate the tank and then the other 100 or so rounds go into that same hole and bounce around inside the tank basically gutting it (this all happens in a matter of seconds of course). If that is true it would really suck to be a tank driver knowing that you had to go up against that thing!!

Proud to have over 13 pages of Good Guy feedback.

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01-17-2010 05:47 AM  8 years agoPost 18
stargazerww

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a pilot once told me that when this fires it will slow the aircraft down to almost a dead stop from a vertical attack them stops firing and the pilot just pulls up and away he goes im pretty sure this is the truth would like a wart hog pilot to chim in thou to make sure im right

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01-17-2010 07:19 AM  8 years agoPost 19
GimbalFan (RIP)

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The recoil from firing that gun slows the air speed down!!
The rearward thrust of an A-10's gatling gun exceeds the forward thrust of its engines at full throttle, which (aside from overheating the gun barrels) is one reason it's fired only in short bursts. It fires 65 14-ounce rounds per second.

Hold the trigger down and you can empty a full magazine of around 1200 rounds in about 17 seconds, but it might need to be repaired afterward.

op-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-t

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01-17-2010 08:56 AM  8 years agoPost 20
BEAR

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Sends a chill down the spine!!!

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