Why is the A-10 so popular?

Despite being a pretty much “meh” aircraft with a short combat history, the A-10 has such a chokehold on pop culture and never leaves discussions about aircraft. Why?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    it shoots things real good

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Well goat frickers out in the desert do not warrant much beyond getting shot at from the sky and the A-10 is exactly slow enough to do it while being fast enough to actually get there. While simultaneously being tough enough to take getting shot at getting close. The chair force wants drones and high speed planes to just zoom in and bomb shit like a video game, the actual grunts want something that actually scares goatfrickers into retreating or running away just from hearing the sound of what is coming.

      a10 is cool because all of our brothers/cousins/ friends watched them smoke goat frickers.

      you dont really see f15/f18s/f35s like you do a10s as a grunt.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Being an infantry support, funny sounds, payload. I dunno, really. I think it just looks pretty good in some weird way.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    90s and 2000s military "documentaries" that were just propaganda aimed at kids / young adults.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Trash products needs good marketing.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Proxy forces on the ground love it (bongs need not apply)
    Simple as

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >cheap
      >forgiving
      >big payload
      >big gun
      >erotic
      simple as

      also the meta for when it was built was basically
      >if the russians have as many tanks as they say they have and storm the fulda gap, we'll just carpet the entire countryside with 30mm DU

      >bongs need not apply
      "do not affix orange panels to your vehicle. A-10 pilots are colorblind and WILL shoot your APC"

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The A-10 as an aircraft apprals to those that have no understanding of modern aircraft design and aerial combat. And since the average person is clueless about such topics it does appeal.
    With that being said it was effective the way it was utilized and is not a bad aircraft per se, but rather is just rigid and obsolete. The repetetive reddit memes only drag it down further.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I just like it, and other than hurr brrrt memes (which as a burger, I'm legally obligated to favor because "America builds something around a weapon" is a recurring thing through history that I think is pretty great), I feel its shape with the two engines up high and rear like that plus the twin tail is really nice looking and a little erotic. Most of the hate on it seems to be "it's shit, it's obsolete, etc." and yeah that's great but being obsolete doesn't make something less interesting or there wouldn't be museums full of warbirds to ogle.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That said, I also think the YA-9 looks damn good and would probably like it just as much had it been adopted instead, so maybe I've just got brain problems :DDDD

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRT

    what more needs to be said?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That the BRRRRRRRRT is harder to use than, less effective than, has less range than, is more expensive than, and less accurate than the CRV7 rocket.

      The gun-novelty wears off when it's substandard compared to anything else that can be slung on basically airframe.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The gun novelty might wear off to military enthusiasts or experts, but not normies. Plane has big gun is all that's necessary.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The A-10 is kept alive on threat of the Army some day becoming independent from the Air Force in supplying it's own CAS.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >it's
      *its

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Army some day becoming independent from the Air Force in supplying it's own CAS
      They just call it Fire Support and use Apaches to do it.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Because it has a GAU-8 Avenger which is probably one of the coolest guns ever made

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Well goat frickers out in the desert do not warrant much beyond getting shot at from the sky and the A-10 is exactly slow enough to do it while being fast enough to actually get there. While simultaneously being tough enough to take getting shot at getting close. The chair force wants drones and high speed planes to just zoom in and bomb shit like a video game, the actual grunts want something that actually scares goatfrickers into retreating or running away just from hearing the sound of what is coming.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You've been ignored long enough, you are absolutely correct. While people will cry about "modern combat" and "peer threats" while absolutely ignoring that is PURELY ON PAPER. Nobody died or was maimed fighting the battlefield where RussiaChina had 20 MANPADS per infantry platoon or theater level air defense per company but the A10 fought in REAL WAR and is respected and feared.
      >inb4 blue on blue
      Cool, now average that against all the sorties the A10's did and that average absolutely PLUMMETS.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        monkey take

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >monkey take
          OK fricknuts, post evidence of wars that the A10 fought where it had to fight against peer opponent. I'll wait.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's something the average person can understand

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Two words: Big Gun

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It looks like something made for WW2 instead of cold war, let alone the modern age. It's a plane appealing for people who really liked the dramatic scenes of strafing runs and dive bombs from old war movies.

    WW2 was so huge a thing culturally that despite being a war that was fought when lot of of houses didn't have electricity or running water yet and the horse was the main method of transport, it still resonates with a lot of people even just aesthetically speaking, especially if it was seen in movies.

    However, thankfully we're slowly starting to move on from the notion that history started with the Holocaust and ended with the Cold War.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      And most of that history since the Cold War has sucked. People are dumber than ever including the hacks running the military these days. No wonder WWII seems so fricking cool in comparison to some DoD mandated training about pronouns or whatever the frick they think is a priority.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    big fricking gun that flies

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    reddit: the plane

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      [...]

      >gay-10 is beloved on /k/ for years
      >but all of the sudden it's reddit and you're supposed to like the Aardvark or the Mudhen instead
      How about eat shit

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        If the only reason you can give for liking it is "le brrrrrt xddddddd" you aren't old enough to know it has been beloved on /k/ for years.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Been here since fpop and brrrrrrr was always the point
          No I still don't care about brazilian super tucanos doing COIN ops
          Eat a dick

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Hey moron. The OP asked why its so popular, and people gave the pop culture answer. You can stop pretending to be an oldhomosexual now

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    A-10 would have gotten fricked up pretty bad in peer combat in the 1980s.
    It was designed at a time when air defence was unreliable and guided munitions were very expensive, however that fairly rapidly changed.

    It survived up until now because it was largely cheaper to keep flying than to replace it with purpose built COIN platforms.
    The A-10 is ok at COIN, it's loiter time is not that great compared to actual purpose designed aircraft and it's more expensive to procure and operate since it is unnecessarily large for that job.

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Why?
    BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRT
    That's the entire reason stop overthinking it

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    the moment (You) arrived

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      epic PWNage! Here's your reddit gold, my good sir!

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Every normie and kid can get the appeal of BRRRRT. PGMs need to be explained, missiles need to be explained, a hail of lead doesn't. Plus it looks so distinct from any other USAF combat plane, remember normies confuse Flankers and Falcons but nobody is confusing a warthog for anything else. Same reason laymen think battleships are cool but think missile cruisers are lame

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Is there a single reason to use an A-10 over an F-15E, or hell, even an F-18 for that matter?
    They can do the exact same things as a Warthog except they can also go higher, faster and can defend themselves against fighters. The single difference is that gun runs wouldn't be as effective but in what situation would you need a GAU-8 where a Vulcan or unguided rockets would achieve the same results? Perhaps if it was crazy cheap to procure and operate, but that hasn't been the case for years.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      At this point, the A-10 is only used so that the USAF doesn't have to accrue unnecessary flight hours on their other planes.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Is there a single reason to use an A-10 over an F-15E, or hell, even an F-18 for that matter?
      is there a single reason to use an F-15E or an F-18 when you have air superiority and your only threat in the area is 1970's soviet MANPADs?

      >what situation would you need a GAU-8 where a Vulcan or unguided rockets would achieve the same results?
      #1, most of its missions were "fire for effect" especially in places like Bala Murghab and shitty forward positions where SOF would just need an opportunity to disengage or level a dug-in group
      #2, it's a big fricking deal if an F-15 gets hit with an igla. Not so much with the A-10, especially since there was one A-10 that landed successfully minus one engine, half of its skin, and like 60% of systems functioning
      #3, the military has other places that it needs to be for strategic readiness. There's no reason to allocate a sizeable portion of F-15's to a place where an F-16 or A-10 can drop a JDAM or Paveway just as gooder

      it's the katana of airplanes

      it's the baseball bat of airplanes
      application to the enemy is startlingly effective despite not being used for its intended purpose

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >is there a single reason to use an F-15E or an F-18 when you have air superiority
        That's not how it works.
        The A-10 has a huge opportunity cost in the fact that they have their own pilot school, their own maintenance and logistics pipeline, etc.
        You're posing the question as if the Strike Eagle or Hornet are somehow "too much" so they should be sidelined but that's the wrong way to think about it, as it is the A-10 that has to justify its job position not being eliminated. Because the mere existence of the A-10 is causing other aircraft to be more expensive to run as resources have to be drawn to it.
        >especially since there was one A-10 that landed successfully minus one engine, half of its skin, and like 60% of systems functioning
        Everyone remembers that story, but not of Lt. Patrick Olson. He got struck, limped the A-10 back to base, and then died trying to land that piece of shit. Le returns to base successfully meme is undeserved because a great story of survival overshadowed a tragic one.
        >the military has other places that it needs to be for strategic readiness
        And keeping the A-10 in service reduces the amount of resources it can dedicate to its strategic readiness.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        > it's a big fricking deal if an F-15 gets hit with an igla. Not so much with the A-10, especially since there was one A-10 that landed successfully minus one engine, half of its skin, and like 60% of systems functioning

        If you're comparing it to the F-15 there was one that landed with ONE WING

        ?t=293

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The gun made hadjis run away because it sounds so menacing.

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    epic PWNage! Here's your reddit gold, my good sir!

    >bitching and moaning over people saying that the A-10 is liked because of its big gun
    brush the sand out of your vegana Black person, if anyone is the redditor it's you for throwing a tantrum over nothing

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Frick off, Pierre

  24. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    it's the katana of airplanes

  25. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How else will you get rid of orange rocket launchers?

  26. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >a meh aircraft
    Only by mentally moronic standards. The A10 is a FANTASTIC aircraft and those who insist otherwise are completely moronic.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Elaborate.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Besides it's durability, cost per flight hour, hardpoints, and 30mm autocannon?
        >30mm autocannon
        If a weapon can cause a enemy to collapse into a panicked retreat by the SOUND of it's firing never mind it's effect then you know you've reached the pinnacle of skill.
        >looks at the new counterinsurgency aircraft
        For all the complaining about "payload, speed, and survivability" you certainly dickride a aircraft that's WORSE in all aspects.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >durability
          It needs to be durable because it has a top speed of 350mph. Any of the other supersonic strike aircraft don't even need that capability
          >cost per flight hour
          This was relevant at the time it entered service. Nowadays it's just as expensive (if not more) than other aircraft more suitable for the role
          >hardpoints
          Same as the F-18. And still has less payload capacity than the F-15E and even the fricking Phantom.
          >30mm autocannon
          A clunky and sub-optimal weapon no matter the target. Tanks? Use a missile, doofus. Light armor? Bombs, you absolute clown. Infantry? Literally any other aircraft cannon or rocket pods, silly billy.
          >If a weapon can cause a enemy to collapse into a panicked retreat by the SOUND
          And there it is. Name one instance where this has happened. It's just the Stuka siren meme but in the 21st century. It's no more "morale shattering" than any of the other ordnance listed above. If anything it let's the enemy know that an A-10 is flying low and aiming at them, giving them an opportunity to take proper cover and then retaliate. Meanwhile with stand-off munition they're being blasted to smithereens from something they can neither see nor hear let alone strike back at, arguably a much more nightmarish experience.
          >you certainly dickride a aircraft that's WORSE in all aspects
          That's actually cheap. If the A-10 is really meant to be used against rag heads who don't have any modern weapons that could threaten it, as you claim, then creating an even cheaper alternative for such scenarios seems way more rational.

  27. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's American and has a big gun. That appeals to the pro-gun right wing Ameritards (people with average IQ of 90, racist, sexist, homophobic, hating "socialism" as in demonstrably working governance because their grifters can't profit from it, uneducated and proud of it.)

    Garbage human in, garbage opinion out.

  28. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    because it goes brrrrt

  29. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >why is le BRRRRTTTTTT xD meme plane so popular?
    Redditors.

  30. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why it isn't a prop? It flies at prop speed.

  31. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    The amount of stale ass memes on /k/ is pretty concerning, it has gotten worse since 2022.

  32. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Our young generation is clearly lost, man, clearly lost.

  33. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/190th_Fighter_Squadron,_Blues_and_Royals_friendly_fire_incident

  34. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just like the viper, It probably helps that a10s were so heavily utilized by the ANG. Lots of us have memories of seeing a10s scream over at 300 feet on training sorties

  35. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    epic PWNage! Here's your reddit gold, my good sir!

    Frick off, Pierre

    If the only reason you can give for liking it is "le brrrrrt xddddddd" you aren't old enough to know it has been beloved on /k/ for years.

    Stop fricking trying so hard. We all think redditors are gay, you don't need to fricking trip over the rest of us to prove you think the same.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Disgusting WSO hands made that meme, ignore it. It's time for the hog to ride off into the sunset and make room for better and newer things, but any hate for it is pure, contrarian bullshit.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I'd hate to be stuck with that WSO. Dumb enough to think attacking a tank from the front with the cannon is how you do it.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >attacking a tank from the front with the cannon is how you do it
          According to the testing done in the 70s, give an A-10 pilot free reign to pick his gun runs and he's still going to have trouble penning T-48s.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Wait... Rafale is almost equal to the F-15 in carry capacity?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Almost. The F-15EX Eagle II can carry 29.5k lbs.
        Désolé.

  36. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Because it's American as frick.
    >ugly
    >overweight
    >gun fetish
    >hates brits

  37. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Tradition.
    Basically the A-10 is one of the last modern combat aircraft to carry the same design and philosophy traditions as its forebears all the way to WW1 canvas planes.
    It's most obvious in the chassis shape, but also in it's role as CAS with dogfight capacity.
    It's effectively the perfected version of this idea of combat aircraft, designed for dogfighting and close air support. It's got a frickoff big brrrrrrrt gun, loads of missiles, can hang around in the air for ages, and is tough as nails as far as planes go.
    While it's increasingly not viable as a platform
    in this (soulless) new age of standoff range missile launches, stealth aircraft and suicide drones, culturally most people still far more identify with this kind of aircraft being a proper fighter plane, and so see it as the pinnacle of combat aircaft.
    This is a good thing. She's a traditional tomboy, and a piece of legacy that sings to the hearts of any man with a mind to the past.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The A-10 was never a fighter

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It actively participates in battles, i.e. fights. Therefore it's a fighter.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >tomboy
      As if the rest of your post wasn't enough to out you as a contrarian cargocultist, homosexual, and moron to boot.

  38. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They're good at killing Brits and Canadians.

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