Pumbaa Love Affair

Although it’s named the Thunderbolt, it’s usually called the “Warthog” due to it’s ugly looks for a plane. Designed to house the gigantic GAU-8 Avenger 30mm rotary cannon, it provides a devastating amount of firepower. The A-10 is powered by two General Electric TF34 Turbofan Engines, each producing 9,000+ lbs of thrust. The GAU-8’s recoil is so massive that the plane will actually slow down in mid-air when the gun is fired, effectively pushing it backwards just slightly.

[This ugly bitch is so sexy. I’ve read every technical specs and design manual I could find on it. The Warthog is a prime, and rare, example of form following function. When it first hit the tarmac, few pilots wanted to fly it. But the ones that climbed into the cockpit and danced with it, fell in love.
And it’s still on active duty after all this time. It regained tactical importance and strategic popularity in the last decade largely because of that flawless design and the fact that it’s the only “low and slow” aircraft the USAF employs for the sole purpose of supporting ground troops.] High-res

Pumbaa Love Affair

Although it’s named the Thunderbolt, it’s usually called the “Warthog” due to it’s ugly looks for a plane. Designed to house the gigantic GAU-8 Avenger 30mm rotary cannon, it provides a devastating amount of firepower. The A-10 is powered by two General Electric TF34 Turbofan Engines, each producing 9,000+ lbs of thrust. The GAU-8’s recoil is so massive that the plane will actually slow down in mid-air when the gun is fired, effectively pushing it backwards just slightly.

[This ugly bitch is so sexy. I’ve read every technical specs and design manual I could find on it. The Warthog is a prime, and rare, example of form following function. When it first hit the tarmac, few pilots wanted to fly it. But the ones that climbed into the cockpit and danced with it, fell in love.

And it’s still on active duty after all this time. It regained tactical importance and strategic popularity in the last decade largely because of that flawless design and the fact that it’s the only “low and slow” aircraft the USAF employs for the sole purpose of supporting ground troops.]


French Foreign Legion
A Russian member of the FFL. I’ve heard of former Spetsnaz members also enlisting in the FFL. Note the FN-Minimi Paratrooper model. The Minimi is known as the M249 in the United States. Looks like he has an ELCAN scope too; pretty common optic on the Minimi/M249 since it has a bullet drop compensator for the 5.56x45mm round.
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French Foreign Legion

A Russian member of the FFL. I’ve heard of former Spetsnaz members also enlisting in the FFL. Note the FN-Minimi Paratrooper model. The Minimi is known as the M249 in the United States. Looks like he has an ELCAN scope too; pretty common optic on the Minimi/M249 since it has a bullet drop compensator for the 5.56x45mm round.


Stuffed Animal Brigade…
This is from Iraq but I don’t know what was going on. It’s a patrol of Iraqi soldiers but notice almost all of them have a stuffed animal strapped to their helmets. I want to guess that this is a “outreach” kind of patrol to befriend the locals and children. Note the underfolding RPK. Quite possibly Bulgarian due to the pistol grip, although it looks like a Yugo M72.
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Stuffed Animal Brigade…

This is from Iraq but I don’t know what was going on. It’s a patrol of Iraqi soldiers but notice almost all of them have a stuffed animal strapped to their helmets. I want to guess that this is a “outreach” kind of patrol to befriend the locals and children. Note the underfolding RPK. Quite possibly Bulgarian due to the pistol grip, although it looks like a Yugo M72.