The Warthog is still, many years after it’s release, one of the premier modules for DCS World. The in-depth simulation of the A-10C set Eagle Dynamics on a course to produce more modules and bring in third parties to build modules aimed at creating that same level of intense detail and systems interaction. The A-10 is really quite something special and for the next two days it’s available to fly for free.
Ultimate tank killer, close air support extraordinaire
Conceived as a tank killer and intended to help level the playing field against the superior numbers of the then Soviet military’s armored divisions, the A-10C Thunderbolt II is best known by it’s nickname – I am of course speaking of the ‘Warthog.’
Contrary to the fast jets of the USAF, the A-10C was purpose built for flying low and slow with an armored bathtub protecting the pilot, a massive 30mm rotary cannon runs the length of the aircraft, and on its wings can hang a variety of precision and less than precise weaponry. The A-10 is a beast of an aircraft.
The USAF has attempted to retire the aircraft time and time again but it’s superior close air support attributes combined with purpose built systems makes it a specialist that is hard to replace.
A-10 is available March 26 and March 27. Check the schedule to see what’s next.
Tutorials to get you started
The A-10C requires a lot of knowledge to really get the most out of it and I’ve never really had a chance to really get into the aircraft and learn it. But I have watched many tutorials for it and there are some excellent ones out there. Here are just a few!
Want to go more in-depth? Check out Chuck Owl’s Guide on the A-10C.