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A-10 Is Being Reloaded After A Mission

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A-10 uses the world’s largest machine gun and it called GAU-8 and as you can imagine plane carries a lot of bullets in it, According to the joke in aviation industry, the GAU-8 was the first gun that got its own plane.

What it means is that the gun is so huge that it seems like the plane was built around the gun rather building a plane and incorporating a gun into it.

U.S. Air Force Airmen arm weapon systems on an A-10 Thunderbolt II prior to a mission supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Southwest Asia, Jan. 31, 2015.

A number of Air Force personals are required for carrying out reloading. The gun weighs in at 620 pounds and features 30x173mm armor piercing rounds. Once the ammunition, feed system and drum have been incorporated, the gun weighs in at 4,029 pounds.

The loading cart that is used for reloading the gun is quite unique. It was built by Syn-Tech and was made specifically for the A-10 since no other plane features GAU-8. It is known as GFU-8/E Ammunition Loading Assembly.


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