Tank Destroyer: Thunderbolt 2

a-10 thunderbolt refueling

Jan 25 2012

Amazing photo of the A-10 Thunderbolt 2's most recognizable feature, the 30mm GAU-8/A Avenger gatling-cannon. Photo taken by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen of the US Air Force during a refueling over Afghanistan.

The A-10 is a formidable fighting weapon and can destroy an array of ground targets with ease. Its 30mm gatling-canon is able to fire 3,900 rounds a minute and destroy targets like tanks.

detailed front shot thunderbolt a-10

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