The A-10 Warthog has a reputation for being an infantry unit’s best friend in a combat zone. A Warthog can tear through just about anything that is on the ground, still the king of close air support. Just when you thought you’ve seen it all the A-10 Warthog has a few more tricks you’ve never seen before.
“It was designed to survive in an intense anti-aircraft environment including anti-aircraft guns, radar-guided and infrared missiles and absorb battle damage and keep flying.”
The truth is it can survive just about anything you throw at it. A-10s have come home, missing wings, chewed up with bullet holes and even with the canopy ripped off. They are basically a flying tank.
Every once in a while there will be a fight that the A-10 can’t win so it will have to call for help. In the rare event that it needs to put out a signal, the A-10 is equipped with illumination flares to provide support.
A-10 pilots don’t use these flares very often but it is better to have them and not need them than need them and not have them. But there are some ridiculously cool moves that you can pull off with them as this video demonstrates.