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On 3/31/2021 at 10:02 PM, ratpatrol66 said:

Can't beat the A-10

 

 


I was in the Air Force as a Tactical Air Control Party. On of the Close Air Support (CAS) missions I was on involved the A-10. When you see what this does to ground troops... it’s only description involves magic.  I’ve never seen anything like what the 30mm GAU-8 cannon does.  It’s like something that would be done by Sauron in Lord of the Rings...

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42 minutes ago, Soundline said:


I was in the Air Force as a Tactical Air Control Party. On of the Close Air Support (CAS) missions I was on involved the A-10. When you see what this does to ground troops... it’s only description involves magic.  I’ve never seen anything like what the 30mm GAU-8 cannon does.  It’s like something that would be done by Sauron in Lord of the Rings...

 

Its a hell of a sound. A sound of pure joy if its on your side lol never seen ground troops not cheer their asses off when an A-10 comes in to lay down some hate.

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33 minutes ago, Skib said:

 

Its a hell of a sound. A sound of pure joy if its on your side lol never seen ground troops not cheer their asses off when an A-10 comes in to lay down some hate.


I have.  When you enter what’s referred to as “danger close” every fucking one of us puckered so hard I’m sure there are engagement rings made of our shit.

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During my testing to obtain my “flash” or job badge as a TAC-P I called in a bombing run at the Nevada Test and Training Range from this.  I didn’t hear this air frame until the munitions were released. Then I had the shadow of it cross over me.  It absolutely scared the hell out of me.

 

I never called one in during combat actions.  But this is what nightmares and UFO tails are made of.

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8 hours ago, Soundline said:

During my testing to obtain my “flash” or job badge as a TAC-P I called in a bombing run at the Nevada Test and Training Range from this.  I didn’t hear this air frame until the munitions were released. Then I had the shadow of it cross over me.  It absolutely scared the hell out of me.

 

I never called one in during combat actions.  But this is what nightmares and UFO tails are made of.

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Stealth also applies to sound.  While supporting a Minuteman emplacement in Nebraska, all the crew noticed a very low volume hum.  The next thing we knew a B52H flew dieectly over us at a very low ground hugging altitude with its wipers brushing grass hoppers away.  It was simulating an attack on Offut AFB as a consensus war games guess.  Damn!  How could anything that big fly so low with so little noise ?  By the way, those down the silo never hears a sound even though the lid was drawn back.

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Very true.  I was on range as a Joint Terminal Air Attack Controller (JTAC) called in a few JDAMs from one of these, and it was equally spooky.  I wasn’t watching the screen but this thing had to be 15,000 feet when it dropped its load. 

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Here’s a fun story for you.  So I’m at my desk in the Tactical Operations Center (TOC) waiting for anything to do when my Maj came in.  He looked at me and said “fuchfase, you’re up”.  Typically people only call me by my real name when they want something, so I trotted after him wondering what a humble Senior Airman could do for such a majestic Army Infantry Commander. We walked across to another tent where his 1st Sgt was, it housed a platoon of the Army’s finest soldiers.  A 1st Sgt is the enlisted person who doles out most of the discipline.  If you haven’t served this would be like being called over to answer to two strict parents.

 

Someone had put a banner up that read “every time you rub one out in the spank tank god kills a terrorist”.  It was a nicely done banner, if I do say so myself.  It was clearly professionally made with screen printed letters on weatherized canvas.  
 

“Fuchfase, you know anything about this?” The 1st Sgt asked.  
 

For those of you who haven’t served, I’ll fill you in on how this goes. If your branch of service loans you out to another branch of service you get blamed for everything they think you did.  It so unfair, but I know the foolproof response.  It’s a three step process that goes like this; ‘deny everything’, ‘admit nothing’, and finally ‘make counter accusations’.

 

Pasting on my most innocent face I replied. “This would never happen in the Air Force 1st Sgt.”  Step one complete.

 

Now the 1st Sgt was about 4 inches shorter than me, but I really wouldn’t want to fist fight him. He seemed like the kinda guy who’d eat beer bottles in his spare time. I’m no wilting daisy, I was 6’ and 190 lbs with a solid frame.  However I’d seen this goblin bench 400 lbs.  He turned to me stone faced and continued his inquisition.  “You sure that’s your answer?”  
 

With those beady brown eyes were boring holes into my pristine soul, I moved to step 2.  “I’m positive that I didn’t make that sign 1st Sgt.”

 

”That’s not what I asked.”  Still holding eye contact he continued.  “This has Fuchfase written all over it.  Did you put that sign on this tent?” 
 

“Shit” I thought, he knows how I operate.  Only one thing to do.  “Have you talked to 2nd Platoon 1st Sgt?  They could have done this.”  Which is true... I dunno how they could have gotten a banner made at the McChord AFB Sign Shop, and had it flow in country on a McChord C-17.  But, I’m sure there’s a way an Army Platoon from Colorado could have pulled this off.   I might have also left out, I was with the 5th ASOS, which made McChord my home base.  Minor detail.

 

The Maj chuckled at my counter accusation and told me to look at the back of the sign... the McChord print shop logo was on it.  Busted.

 

“The banner needs to be moved inside your tent.” The Maj said to me, then turning to the 1st Sgt, “told you he wouldn’t lie about it.”  Which was literally true.  I might have omitted some things, but I didn’t technically lie about this. 
 

Because of a pattern of these stunts which word got around, when I rotated back I was given an incentive ride in one of these bad boy two seaters. The pilot of the plane agreed to it because he’d seen that sign. I’d love to say I was all though and didn’t puke, but... well... maybe I did.  
 

I will say riding second seat in that plane ruined every roller coaster ever for me. Nothing on the ground can compare.

 

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22 hours ago, a.d._510_n_ok said:

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                 "It's just a plane 'ol truck".

 

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Here’s another good one. Capable of nearly Mach 6 with a total flight ceiling of 67 miles (USAF & NASA say ‘space’ starts at 50 miles above sea level) the X-15 was a monster for both minutes it could fly before running outta fuel. 
 

Just like me in the sack. Best two minutes ever. 

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I watched some stealth stuff take off from near the flight line at Nellis and the sound doesn't match what you see, its a trip. 

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23 minutes ago, Skib said:

I watched some stealth stuff take off from near the flight line at Nellis and the sound doesn't match what you see, its a trip. 


Had the chance to see one of these lift off from Elmendorf AFB, AK once when it was super fucking cold. Made it even weirder.  Anything under -30 F gets a big can of nope.

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10 minutes ago, Soundline said:

  Anything under -30 F gets a big can of nope.

 

 

lol Iv worked in -77 F 

 

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I slept in my car in Brandon Manitoba in mid February. That's north of N Dakota and Minnesota what ever they get down to. Woke up and  the car inside was frost covered like the inside of a freezer.

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6 hours ago, Skib said:

 

lol Iv worked in -77 F

I saw -52 F with 35 mph winds once. I could feel every wound I’d ever taken screaming at me to leave. Thinking about going down another 25 degrees is mind numbing.  Kinda like seeing 130 F on a thermometer in the northern, sandy part of Africa.  
 

 Both extremes made me want one of these bad boys to gtfo. 

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