A-10 “Warthog” vs AC-130 Gunship: which would a pinned-down soldier rather see overhead?
(Above is the big AC-130 / Below A-10 Thunderbolt ii “Warthog”)
Let’s hear the answer from two soldiers that have experienced both “life Saving / life TAKING” aircraft in action during combat.
From a Combat Veteran named Jason Huskie:
“If I really need air support then I’m pretty screwed as a soldier. The situation is dire and I’ll take a hand grenade on a balloon at that point.”
“An A-10 gun run likely saved my life.”
“That doesn’t change my answer though. I’ll take whichever can be on station faster- most often the A-10 (Warthog).”
“A squad or platoon is lucky to get an A-10 ‘Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrt’ run when pinned. A company has a slightly better chance.”
“A battalion operation (or Special Forces) are typically the most likely to receive AC-130 support.”
“They (AC-130s) are a thing of beauty.”
“Even with the spectacular toys they bring, it’s just a matter of minutes in the combat zone usually.”
“In my experience…we are on a major operation fighting street to street with a high number of enemy fighters in and around buildings. One particular building has snipers on multiple floors causing mayhem for us.”
“Apaches were off station to refuel and we didn’t have clearance to fire the ATGMs. After 2 casualties command called in for the hogs (A-10s)…”
“…which cleared the entire top half of the building in one run.
18-minutes from call to Pest REMOVAL.”
“On another Op, in another country, a large number of enemy fighters were operating out of a building that was unapproachable by land. Command called up support…”
“…and the Finger of God (AC-130) removed that building from earth.
“Thank you to the US Air Force for saving my bum on multiple occasions. I salute those brave enough to show up for battle against the US military.”
Now let’s hear from a Veteran named Harry Zitzelberg on the A-10 vs AC-130?
“Having been under the loving and benevolent protection of both aircraft…”
“…I can only answer with a resounding ‘YES!’.”
“Give me either one over the fast movers that drop one bomb and are gone in seconds.”
“A-10s had my back in Kuwait and southern Iraq.”
A-10s can hit targets with both missiles and bombs but it’s her famous “30MikeMike” gatling gun that ripped targets with 30mm Brrrrrrrrrrts.
“AC-130s had my back in Mogadishu.”
The big boy “Spooky II” have 3 main weapons.
Small = Gatling rotary cannon that fires 25mm rounds
Medium = “Bofors” cannon that fires explosive 40mm rounds
Blow the F*CK out-of-Target = M102 Howitzer
(when fired, the plane rocks back’n-forth)
“Both did excellent fucking jobs…”
“…and deserve maximum kudos.”
“To this day,
nobody that pilots or crews either…”
“…can pay for drinks around me.”
The pinned down troops.
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