General Electric GAU–8

Size comparison of gau 8

Mar 6 2012

The General Electric GAU–8/A Avenger is a 30mm hydraulically–driven seven-barrel Gatling–type rotary cannon that is mounted on the USA's Fairchild Republic A–10 Thunderbolt II. It is among the largest, heaviest and most powerful aircraft cannons in the US military and the world. The A–10 Thunderbolt was basically designed around this cannon.

gau 8 cutaway

Removing an installed GAU–8 from an A–10 requires first installing a jack under the aircraft's tail to prevent it from tipping, as the cannon makes up most of the aircraft's forward weight.

massive cannon

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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.

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