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Warthog by markkarvon Warthog by markkarvon
Officially named the A-10 Thunderbolt II, this unique aircraft is known as the "Warthog" by those who operate and maintain it. Some say it is an ugly airplane but when called upon to deliver close air support by those in need, it is the most beautiful airplane in the sky. Literally an airplane built around the powerful GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon, the A-10 can deliver a devastating amount of firepower against the most armored or hardened targets. Additionally the airplane carries 1200 lbs of armor making it able to absorb alot of punishment and keep on flying. The A-10 first saw action during the Gulf War and has also been used in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the War in Afghanistan. This print features the A-10 firing on an enemy position in the mountains of Afghanistan.
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:iconjermska:
jermska Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  New member Hobbyist Filmographer
I love this plane - you've captured it nicely.
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Stealer-L1F3 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Student Writer
Seen them flying overhead in a US joint training exercise in Latvia. It was a majestic sight, truly. A flying weapon just passing overhead.
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thefightingfalcon08 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't believe the Air Force want's to retire this hog.
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JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Very nice pic; and to think, the USAF wanted to replace it with the F-16 at one point.   The USAF should just give the planes to the US Army, who definitely know what to do with them.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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ExtamitE Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
TROP DE PU-PU-PUISSANCE!!!
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fear the Hog! :faint: Respect the Hog. :worship:
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:iconlunarknight316:
LunarKnight316 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
I've never seen one in person, I've never heard one in person. And yet they one of the only things that pump me up with by just looking at!
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plumptopia Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Bring the rain, baby...if you hear that momma coming...your butt done got dead!  Used to have them fly over my house as a kid...despite their nature and nicknames, they're quite majestic birds.  Beautiful work here!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconplumptopia:
plumptopia Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well deserved...you're quite welcome!
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Noble16 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Great picture on the bird taking action.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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GodzillaGetsuga Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
One bad ass machine
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STXSabre Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
I wonder how much the warthog vibrates when the G8 is fired
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TygerStryke Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
the 'Hog goes from 400mph to JUST over stall speed when the Avenger fires. That's why the newest models actually have a trigger-cutoff that activates after TWO SECONDS.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not true. The two engines have more than enough thrust to keep it moving forward against the recoil. The airplane does lose a few MPH though.
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:icontygerstryke:
TygerStryke Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
then I stand corrected.
*respectfully tips hat* Thank you.
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:iconchloeeuphemissoledad:
Very,very nice work.

I could not forget the GAU-8s sound (BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR) just by looking at this.
I've seen A-10s here in Pampanga in the Philippines, and they're so quiet. Probably some engine tune-up.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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SeraphOfChrist Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ugly? This plane is downright gorgeous!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I agree.
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SOTF Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The Warthog. When you need to quickly shred a tank column from the skies, look no further. :D

Ironically though, the A-10 is a flying tank itself as it can stay in the air even after sustaining ridiculous damage.
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SeraphOfChrist Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I heard one story of a pilot who lost half a wing, both rudder canards, an engine and all of his ordinance, and still flew home safely. Those things really ARE airborne tanks.
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SOTF Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It is confirmed that they can continue flying even with only one engine, a damaged wing, one elevator, and significant damage to the fuselage. They're also equipped with self-sealing fuel tanks for increased survival.
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SeraphOfChrist Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not to mention they have nearly a foot of bullet proof glass and 18 inches of grade A titanium armor around the cockpit, making the pilot's seat of an A-10 one of the safest places for our fighting men to be. I envy them so, so, so much.
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JanKlimecky Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Excellent!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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BioMutt70 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
the background is amazing!!! the smoke effects are stupendous!!!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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:iconbiomutt70:
BioMutt70 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
you're welcome
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emalterre Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
oh my god !!! wonderful !
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Brawrloxoss Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
"And Hell's comin' with me!"
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Deviator101 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Playing Command and Conquor Generals right now, and the USA can take a special attack called the A-10 missile strike. Guddenly those GLA stinger sites don't seem so scary!

"Better heroics through superior firepower"
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HelloMyNameIsEd Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Haha, I love this!
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tomcio199214 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Cool art you did, the flame from GAU-7 Avenger and that smoke are awesome. :thumbsup: The flares are excellent too and the background. God your Warthog is awesome.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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tomcio199214 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Oh and one more thing; Happy New Year.
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Quesocito Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome photo
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. It's a painting.
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:icondeviator101:
Deviator101 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
AHH HELL YA! Now thats what I call death from above!!

"Better heroics through superior firepower"
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VollyTyrannis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
That's awesome.

What if it was at night? The flares would just light it all up!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconzippy5:
zippy5 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
They use to fly over my house until they closed Willow Grove NAS. ugly but strong and dependable.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I never thought they were ugly but I understand how some people do.
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1RoadRage1 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats one pissed of hog
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Incredible art as always!!! What a view!!! Now this is a plane you definitely don't want to be on the receiving end of!!!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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AsenVeselinov Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
awesome
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