My favorite firepower system is not available for civilian procurement, it does not fit in a holster and can not be set beside the bed for home defense. Nope, my favorite gun literally has a plane built around it.

For those of you who don’t already know, I love a well armored bird. And the A-10 Thunderbolt II (also known as the Warthog) is my favorite firepower system.

You can take your AR-15s, Desert Eagles, .44 magnum, etc. Heck, you can even have my favorite Barrett .50 BMG.

I’ll be sneaking down from the skies blasting the bad guys to bits with my  30 mm GAU-8/A seven-barrel Gatling gun, Mk-84 series drag bombs, incendiary cluster bombs, combined effects munitions, mine dispensing munitions, AGM-65 Maverick missiles and laser-guided/electro-optically guided bombs; infrared countermeasure flares; electronic countermeasure chaff; jammer pods; rockets; illumination flares and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.

For those who are unfamiliar with the A-10 Thunderbolt, it is an attack aircraft designed for the USAF in the 1970’s by the Fairchild Republic Co. to provide close air support for our boots on the ground. One of my favorite features of the A-10 is how quiet it is, allowing it to sneak up on the enemy and maintain the element of surprise. In fact, if you’ve seen them fly at an airshow, you know that you just about don’t hear the darned thing until it’s right up on you. In which case, if you’re the bad guy, you don’t hear it until you’re just about to be sawed in half.

If aircraft had human characteristics, the Warthog would be known for its indomitable spirit. The cockpit and flight control units are shielded with  1,200 lbs. of titanium. And this aircraft is said to be designed to keep flying with just one engine and half of a wing ripped.

The A-10 isn’t the fastest bird in the sky; at 420 mile per hour (mach 0.56) it trails behind the fighters. However, the A-10’s superior firepower makes it the winner in my book!

Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II - 30 m...

Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II - 30 mm GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling gun (Photo credit: yetdark)

Four A-10s of the 111th Fighter Wing, Pennsylv...

Four A-10s of the 111th Fighter Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, fly in formation during a refueling mission. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)