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A-10 Thunderbolt II by WWS by CommandandConquerRTS A-10 Thunderbolt II by WWS by CommandandConquerRTS
This is the A-10 "Warthog" Thunderbolt II Ground Support Aircraft, by Westwood Studios. It is named after the P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II.

The A-10 offers an impressive array of air-to-surface ordnance designed exclusively to eliminate enemy tanks and structures during close air support. It features four fuel tanks, a twin-engine turbofan power plant, and an advanced avionics system system designed for continued operation in the event of a loss of flight controls such as hydraulics, brakes, and even a total failure of one of its engines, and the titanium armor plating can survive several repeat direct hits from antiaircraft fire up to 23mm and even 57mm. The durability of the aircraft is so solid, it can fly with a tail, elevator, and half a wing completely missing. It can also land on its belly with its gear retracted, as the landing gear partially protrude from the aircraft's underside.

The most impressive features of the A-10 are in its offensive capabilities. The aircraft is one of the only jets in the world designed entirely around its main gun: the GAU-8 Avenger 30mm Gatling Gun which fires depleted uranium armor-piercing rounds at up to 3,900 rounds-per-minute and 50-70 rounds-per-second, with over 80% accuracy, even in a dive. Its main air-to-ground ordnance to be fitted to 11 hardpoints include the AGM-65 Maverick Missile, which can feature both TV-guided and infrared targeting systems, rocket pods such as Hydra-70 Rockets loaded with white phosphorus warheads, unguided, cluster, and incendiary bombs, and laser-guided ordnance. Additional installments include Sargent Fletcher Drop Tanks to extend flight range, ALQ-131 Electronic Countermeasure pods to deceive enemy radar and laser guidance signatures, and 2 AIM-9 Sidewinder Missiles.

The A-10 earned the nickname of "Warthog" in reference to its Gatling Gun's discharge noise mimicking the sound of a pig grunt.

In the First Tiberium War, GDI's A-10s featured the intimidating shark mouth nose art and green color scheme and were traditionally armed with napalm bombs, which proved especially devastating against concentrated Nod positions. Parameters directed that A-10 close air support would only become available after all Nod SAM Sites providing security for the operational airspace had been destroyed.

GDI's most famously successful A-10 pilot was Colonel Morelli, who found herself giving guidance to GDI ground commanders in the absence of General Sheppard a short time after the war's initial outbreak.

Here, we see a flight of 5 A-10s dropping bombs and firing AGM-65 Maverick Missiles.
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Wolf-shark91 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Smile for the birdie, Habib!
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SeraphOfChrist Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ka-boom!
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
The last thing Bin Laden's minions will ever see!
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SirDracoex Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Well, someone's about to get it good.
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Ronin201 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Oh Shi...Incoming!!
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Bolt-actionGazelle Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Best flying gun ever!

This reminds me of that old game Silent Thunder. I loved that game.... :clap:
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SirDracoex Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Same here. That game was epic.
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wildgoose81 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
I'd always heard that the plane got it's name simply because it was ugly compared to sleek high performance jets. However, regardless of appearance you can't help but to love the plane it'a ability to make it's presence felt and take some punishment with a toothy smile.
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TDManiacXC626 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
It got its name from the gun's SOUND?! I thought it got the nickname from the engine and tail fin arrangement that LOOKS like a warthog's snout nostril and tusks!
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Erementarushokan Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
GDI!
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