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California Capital Airshow | MATHER AIRPORT, SACRAMENTO

July 13 & 14, 2024

Italian Jet Team - Frecce Tricolori

A Nasty “Hog” with a “Big Gun” – FB

On September 23 & 24 the California Capital Airshow will bring you the United States Air Forces’ A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team.

A-10 Thunderbolt II - Belly Shot

The A-10 Thunderbolt II is just plain (plane) cool! So ugly they call it the “Warthog”, a nickname that carries with it a great deal of affection and respect for this plane that isn’t afraid to get dangerously close to the action.

The “Warthog’s” large, unswept high-aspect ratio wing and large ailerons give it excellent low-speed, low-altitude maneuverability. In addition, many of the aircraft’s parts are interchangeable left and right, including the engines, main landing gear and vertical stabilizers. Both of these unique attributes make the A-10 easily serviced in remote airfields.

A Tank Busting – “Big Gun!”

A-10 Thunderbolt II - "Big Gun"

The Thunderbolt II’s 30mm GAU-8/A Gatling gun can fire 3,900 rounds a minute and can defeat an array of ground targets to include tanks. Some of their other equipment include electronic countermeasures, target penetration aids, self-protection systems and an array of air-to-surface weapons, including laser and GPS guided munitions, AGM-65 Maverick and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.

This “nearly unbreakable beast” can fly for long periods, has short takeoff and landing capability, and can pick out small ground targets with great precision making it a crucial U.S. Air Force asset. A-10s are simply too effective and too tough to leave out of any battle which is why seeing them at an Airshow is a bit rare!




The A-10’s cockpit and portions of its flight control system are protected by 1,200 pounds of titanium aircraft armor, called the “bathtub,” allowing it to withstand direct hits. This protection combined with redundant hydraulic flight systems, and a mechanical system that still works even if hydraulics are lost.

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Photo credit & Reference

  • Mark E. Loper Photography

  • United States Air Force Face Sheet
    (www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104490/a-10-thunderbolt-ii/)

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