Modern Marvels

Season 11 Episode 21

A-10 Tankbuster

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 07, 2004 on The History Channel
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A-10 Tankbuster
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The most feared aircraft in the Air Force arsenal, the A-10 Tankbuster was the first aircraft in U.S. aviation history designed specifically for Close Air Support. From its first taste of battle in Desert Storm to the recent assault on Baghdad, the A-10 carries enough weaponry into battle to disable 16 main battle tanks, and with its amazing 30 millimeter 7-barrelled cannon, the "Flying Gun" dominates the skies. Features interviews with A-10 pilots, many of whom flew in Operation Iraqi Freedom.moreless
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      • The A-10 has a "false canopy" painted on the bottom side of the fuselage. This is done to confuse the pilots of enemy planes during air combat.

      • Fuel for the A-10 is held in a self-sealing compartment that's protected by internal and external foam. This holding cell will automatically repair itself if hit by a bullet up to 23 millimeters in size.

      • 721 A-10 Aircraft were built since 1975, 367 are in active service today.

      • The A-10 fighter is still capable of flying with 10 feet of its wing missing and half of its tail gone.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Its 30mm 7 barrel cannon is the most powerful gun ever to take to the skies. It carries enough weaponry to disable 16 battle tanks. The A-10 is a legend among the soldiers it protects on the ground. So take a flight over the battlefield with the A-10 Tankbuster, now on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Lt. Col. Rick Turner
        A-10 Pilot

        Pierre Sprey
        Pentagon Fighter Design Advisor

        Dr. William Curtis III
        Chief of Aerodynamics, Fairchild

        Capt. Scott Campbell
        A-10 Pilot

        Capt. Danielle Curley
        A-10 Pilot

        Capt. John Blocher
        A-10 Pilot/Forward Air Controller

        Lt. Col. Bob Silva
        A-10 Pilot

        Capt. Eric Jachimowitz
        A-10 Pilot

        Saddam Hussein (Archival Footage)

        Maj. Rob Sweet
        A-10 Pilot

        George W. Bush (Archival Footage)

        Dennis Hastert (Archival Footage)

        TSgt Paul Britton
        Terminal Attack Controller

        Narrator: Greg Stebner
        Music: Ian Lynn
        Music: Alison Taylor
        Camera: Richard Terry
        Camera: Rick Allen
        Sound: John Santa
        Jib Operator: Ryan Cockrell
        Dubbing Mixer: Nigel Read
        Online Editor: Sue Giovanni
        Head of Production: Tim Ball
        Production Accountant: Marilyn Freeman
        Production Co-ordinator: Una Shinners
        Film Research: James R M Hunt
        Film Research: Tom Evans
        Associate Producer: David Caldwell-Evans
        Production Manager: Rachel Naughton
        Editor: Chris Roots
        Producer: Taylor Downing
        Writer: Katie Chadney
        Director: Katie Chadney

        Programming Co-ordinator: Marc Finnegan
        Executive Producer: Dolores Gavin

        Thanks To:
        23rd Fighter Wing Pope AFB, NC
        43rd Airlift Wing Pope AFB, NC
        Defense and Visual Information Center, March AFB, CA
        The Fairchild Corporation
        Imperial War Museum, London
        Edwards Air Force Base
        ITN
        National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC
        Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum Film Archives

        Produced by Flashback Television
        2003

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