May Political Article Reference List

May 17, 2019

McConnell’s Senate Uses Subpoena of Don, Jr. to Attack Trump

The Origins of ‘Spygate’: 10 Questions That Need To Be Answered

Junk Anti-Trump Russia Steele Dossier Appears Tampered With – Pages Were Replaced

This is Truly a Trade War

US consumer sentiment surges to highest level in 15 years

Trump’s Plan To Reform Legal Immigration Is Long Overdue

23 Kids and Counting: The Game of Drones – So many are running and going nowhere

Telling the awful truth about the new SAT ‘adversity’ score

ICE: Man Who Attempted to Cross Border With Unrelated Six Month Old Baby Represents ‘Unprecedented Level of Child Endangerment

Facebook Targets Michelle Malkin: Gives Pass to Antifa

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them – Why the Left puts children at the forefront of its agendas

May 16, 2019

AG Barr On Government Activities In 2016: The Explanations I Received ‘Don’t Hang Together’

Why Trump’s immigration speech is a game-changer

Kellyanne Conway on the President’s Immigration Plan

Remarks by President Trump on Modernizing Our Immigration System for a Stronger America

U.S. cancels $929 million in California high speed rail funds after appeal rejected

Joe DiGenova and Victoria Toensing reveal Brennan was the mastermind of the Russia hoax

SPY vs. SPY as Comey, Brennan Point Fingers

No Wray of Hope for FBI Reform – Comey crony Christopher Wray acts as security guard for Clinton coup clan

Is Our China Policy Racist? Trump State Official Rattles the Establishment

Trump’s Cold War with China

President Trump’s Pardon of Pat Nolan — A Great Moment for Criminal Justice Reform

Pat Nolan: Why I Received A Full Presidential Pardon

K–12: Educrats Are Parasites

The GOP Base Is Done Tolerating RINO Collaboration With The Democrats

Truth Is the Enemy of Socialism

Socialism Leaves South Africa in the Dark

No Wonder the Post Hid Obama’s Communist Mentor

Obama’s Intel Leadership Team Included at Least Two Admitted Former Communists – Not Including Obama

What You Need To Know About Alabama’s New Abortion Ban

Transgender Tragedy: This Baby Died Because the Mother’s Medical Records Listed Her as Male

May 15, 2019

Trump to unveil immigration plan Thursday calling for new merit-based points system

China’s Giant Sucking Sound: Jane Chastain explains how Bill Clinton started era of Beijing ‘cleaning our clock’

Stephen Moore: China ‘Brazenly’ Uses Trade Tactics to Meddle in 2020 Election

Iran-backed militias move rockets in range of U.S. troops

Trump judicial nominee confirmed to 9th Circuit Court over Democratic objections

White House launches tool to report censorship on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter

Alabama Governor Signs Bill Designed to Overturn Roe v. Wade, Enable State-Level Abortion Restrictions

More construction coming to California border barriers

Why Trump’s China Tariffs Will Succeed

Dispute erupts over whether Brennan, Comey pushed Steele dossier, as DOJ probe into misconduct begins

Trey Gowdy: FBI Cited Articles And Info From Clinton Ally Sidney Blumenthal To Corroborate Steele Dossier

SpyGate coup to remove Trump is worse than Watergate

Holding Barr in Contempt Is a Case of Dirty Politics

Mark Cuban Doesn’t Think Any Democrat Can Beat Trump Right Now

Muslim Terrorist Training Camp Found in Alabama – The second facility linked to jihadist Siraj Ibn Wahhaj

The “You Can’t Watch This” Film Documents Plight of De-Platformed Conservatives

Don’t Let Zuckerberg Kill Free Speech

The AFL-CIO’s Daft Marxism

How the Tech Giants Contributed to the Coup against Trump

Muslim Cop Mohamed Noor Seeks to Throw Out Murder Conviction in Justine Damond Killing

May 14, 2019

Emails show Obama covered up Hillary classified information scandal

The U.S. Doesn’t Need China to Prosper

The US Attorney Probing Spying on Trump Campaign Draws on Vast Experience

China’s Brilliant, Insidious Strategy

The President’s Promises, Made and Kept

Trump approval at 51%, winning millennials, trusted more than Democrats on economy

Attorney General Barr appoints ‘bulldog’ federal corruption-fighter John Durham to probe origins of Russia hoax investigation

Apply to Google, Facebook and the Internet – Americans paid to create the internet; they deserve Freedom of Speech on it

The Washington Post’s Fake News on Trump’s Fourth of July

Trump’s Tax Returns

Oh Look, Another Socialist Country That’s Rationing Because Socialism Is Straight Trash

May 13, 2019

The Mueller Report and The Great Diversion

Feds: Illegal immigrants top US crime, one-third of all sentencings

Tariffs: The taxes that made America great

Christopher Steele’s Meeting With US Official Casts Doubts on FBI’s Official Story

Washington State School District Caught Giving Muslim Students “Special Privileges” & Teaching Lessons on Ramadan

Ilhan Omar in U.S. illegally? A serious lawsuit seeks an answer

Rashida Tlaib’s Lies Remind Us Why Israel Must Exist

Is There Real Panic . . . & Is There An American Constitutional Crisis?

Senate Democrats are betting non-establishment candidates can take down the GOP in 2020

Graham Working on Declassifying Document With Major Revelation About Steele Dossier

Constitutional Crisis or Democrat Crisis of Confidence?

The Impeachment Con is Killing The Democrats 2020 Chances

The Queen of Hearts Syndrome and Our ‘Constitutional Crisis’

A Political Chernobyl – Ukrainian connections to Biden and the DNC underscore the sleaze of the Obama swamp

Putting the Ayatollahs in Their Place

Why Don’t You Support Isreal?

Why Both The Left And The Right Should Defenestrate James Comey From Public Life

Why isn’t the Senate investigating Joe Biden’s son Hunter over China, Ukraine dealings?

California Democrats bid to keep Trump off the ballot should scare all of us

Jew-hatred given a pass by Democrats In Congress

May 12, 2019

Trump is right on China, and now is the time for Congress to act

Journalism is Dead. Long Live the Media!

Google’s Bias, Quantified

The Left’s Never Ending Obsession with Race

Wagging The Tail

Broad Support for Trump’s China Fight Faces Test as Tariffs Escalate

Obama’s AG Eric Holder Went Unpunished for Contempt Of Congress – So why not his successors…

Truth, Justice and the American Way

Brainwashing Children Works?

Illegals’ legal blackmail in America

Want to shock a college student? Tell him how much tuition cost in the ’60s

May 11, 2019

FOIA Documents Show Evidence of Weissmann/Mueller Entrapment Scheme…

Comey actually accused Trump of a “Thought Crime”

Women Are Putting Their Money Where Their Mouth Is…And It’s Going To Trump

Uh-Oh, NBC… Law & Order SVU just smeared Covington Teens, and their lawyer was watching…

Resurfaced Video Shows Just How Much Of A Hypocrite Biden Is On Immigration

Chinese State Media Escalates Attacks on US Amid Trade Stand-Off

Islam is violent because of founder, Muslim expert says

Russiagate: Law in the Service of Partisan Politics

‘Did Islam Have Anything to Do With It?’

Trump, Pareto, and the Fall of the Elites

The Real Democrat Agenda: To Impeach Trump

It’s a Trap: Giuliani Cancels Ukraine Trip, Fearing a ‘Setup’

Alienated Americans: Whither the American Dream?

Tough love from Donald Trump

GOP poll is reassuring for Trump in key states but offers warning about Michigan

Democrat Party Dreck List

The Week in Pictures: Nadlering Nabob of Nihilism Edition

May 10, 2019

The Obama Whitehouse Tied To Clinton Email Cover-Up

William Barr vs. Eric Holder: A Tale of Two Attorney Generals

Mueller’s Copperhead Bill of Attainder

IG Horowitz Has ‘Concluded that the Final Three FISA Extensions Were Illegally Obtained’

Facebook Hits Conservative Icon MICHELLE MALKIN! Removes Her Post Defending Laura Loomer and Gavin McInnes

Deplatforming the Platformers: Why Antitrust Legislation Is the Way to Go

Facing Uncertainty with US Trade Talks, China Checks on Grain Reserves to Ensure Enough Domestic Supply

Adam Schiff Threatens ‘Inherent Contempt’ Charges Against Trump Administration

John Dowd’s Indispensable Work for President Trump

So read the Mueller report already, Democrats

GOP Leader Questions If Nadler Can ‘Handle the Gavel’

Obama-Appointed Judge Dolly M. Gee and Democrats Responsible for 460,294 Illegals Storming the Border This Year

The Next Battlefront: Social Media

As Nadler Natters

Contemptible Nadler Leads his dishonest partisan vote to hold Barr in contempt

Washington’s Dirty Little Secret: No One Is Running the Show

Birds of a feather: Why are so many Democrats so reprehensible in exactly the same way?

Democrats Are All About Restricting Ballot Access If It Helps Stop Trump

There Are No Real Trump Mysteries

May 9, 2019

FBI’s Steele story falls apart: False intel and media contacts were flagged before FISA

Was Sergey Kislyak Part of the Russian Collusion Hoax?

Investigative report suggests Mueller hired Steele!

As Rod Rosenstein Leaves DOJ, How Will History Judge Him?

Trump Turns the World Order Upside Down

The More People See of Hillary Clinton, the Less They Like Her

That’s Enough: Trump White House Moves Ahead With Reining In Lower Court Judges

Ken Starr Ramps Up Attacks on Mueller: His Report Has ‘Over 1,000 Footnotes. I Mean… Why?’

April was another record month for illegal immigration

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost Testifies About the Border Crisis

Progressives Face a Bleak Post-Mueller Landscape

The Democrats Cite Attorney General Barr for Contempt

The Trump Team Demolishes Deep State’s Cuba Policy

The Little-Known Story of Mary Jo Kopechne

The Liberal Hypocrites Who Want to Be Our Moral Betters

Study: Blacks abandon Biden when told he opposed school integration

Yes, the Muslim Brotherhood Is a Terrorist Organization

The Big Coverup – Today’s Churchill – and Today’s Chamberlain

Wave Of The Future

Steele Dossier Author’s Admission Makes The FBI’s Spy Warrant Against Trump Campaign Look Even More Tainted

May 8, 2019

Trump is just fighting back in a trade war that China started long ago

The Way We Were

Californians Face Residential Water Rationing Next Year Following Record 2019 Snowpack

Why Jerry Nadler’s ‘constitutional crisis’ talk is utter BS

Mueller’s Preposterous Rationale for Tainting the President with ‘Obstruction’ Allegations

FBI Somehow Lost Notes From Clinton Probe Meeting Significant to Concerns Over Foreign Exfiltration Lead

Robert Mueller’s 10 Most Egregious Missteps During Anti-Trump Russia Investigation

Trump Says NYT Story on Business Losses Is Nothing But a ‘Highly Inaccurate Fake News Hit Job’

Sinking to Third World Status – Why did the FBI and CIA spy on the Trump campaign?

Robert Mueller’s 10 Most Egregious Missteps During Anti-Trump Russia Investigation

This Is How Iran Just Trashed Another Obama Foreign Policy Initiative

Democrats’ Plan to Destroy the Jobs Boom – Killing jobs is what they do best.

Is the handling of illegal immigrants starting to turn? Now even the 9th Circuit is supporting Trump

Want to Make Money? Work for the Government

May 7, 2019

Mitch McConnell: Mueller cleared Trump — now get over it

Steele’s stunning pre-FISA confession: Informant needed to air Trump dirt before election

Comey team may have used confidential sources prematurely, ex-FBI intel official says

Bannon: Monday was biggest day of Trump’s presidency

The ‘Packed White Nationalist’ Rally That Wasn’t

Journalists are forgetting the difference between news and opinion pieces

Democrats Colluded With The Ukraine Against Trump

Mueller, the Democrats, and the Historic Great Disappointment – A hysterical cult regroups to resist anew

Judgement Day Is Coming For Democrats

Kicking People Off Online Platforms Is About Control, Not Free Speech

Anti-Semitism is Thriving Among Activists, Not Americans In General

Senator Kamala Harris Misses Huge Revelation From Barr During Senate Testimony She Didn’t Want To Hear

President Trump Pardons Army Ranger 1st Lt. Michael Behenna – Sentenced to Prison for Killing Al-Qaeda Operative

May 6, 2019

‘Legally unchallengeable’: ICE to deputize police in sanctuary cities to detain illegals

What Could Have Caused This? – CNN to Cut as Many as 300 Staffers

Byron York: No question there was spying on Trump campaign, but how much?

The Justice Department releases redacted Mueller report — again

Democrats spill beans on 2020 election strategy – ‘We cannot allow the people to choose who will be president’

Look Who Signed The Former Prosecutor’s Letter Against Trump Buried In The Washington Post’s Story

White House Ratchets Up Trade Fight With China

U.S. Sends Muscle to Middle East After Word Spreads of Possible Iran Attack On U.S. Forces

Palestinian Rocket Terror Against Israel – It’s High time for Israel to deal a decisive blow

Major Report Omission Shows Mueller Was Either Incompetent Or A Political Hack

Republicans must pull the trigger now

The Malevolent Farce that is Mueller and the Russia Hoax

The FBI’s Trump-Russia Investigation Was Formally Opened on False Pretenses

Our Lying Garbage Media Is Lying Garbage, But You Knew That

The Brainwashing of a Nation – From campus identity politics cults to the media

Are the ‘Deplorables’ Weary of Winning Yet?

Mueller Rewrites Jurisprudence – Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The Voter Suppression Myth

Scott Walker: Republicans need to wake up to Democrats’ nationwide judicial power grab

Claiming to fear Trump, Nancy Pelosi lets the cat out of the bag about her real fear: Her own party

Children in Philly Muslim Society Sing About Sacrificing Themselves and Chopping Off Heads

May 5, 2019

The Fright of James Comey

What’s really behind the left’s war on men

Democrats ‘naked refusal’ to accept the 2016 election sparks a new rule

Trump Announces Tariff Increase on Chinese Goods, Citing Slow Progress in Trade Talks

The Dirty Little Secret – The Villain Of Freedom

NOAA sponsored study finds that poorly-sited air temperature monitoring stations have artificially boosted global warming data

The $2 Trillion Infrastructure Trap – Lots of talk, no action, to take us up to November 2020

Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight

Trump gambles he can stall the Democrats tax returns demand past 2020 election

The Administrative State’s Threat to the American Constitution

Oh, how the Democrats all hate Howard Shultz

May 4, 2019

Democrats Accuse AG Barr of Doing Exactly What Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch Did for Obama

Democrats are preparing an ultimatum for people of faith

Nancy Pelosi Projects

How Convenient. FBI ‘lost Notes’ From August 2015 Meeting with IC Inspector General Regarding Hillary Clinton’s Private Server

White House Special Council Letter To Attorney General Barr

Democrats search for ways to downplay Trump’s great economy

Why journalists and other Democrats keep pushing phony scandals about Trump

Liberals Were Very Wrong About Tax Cuts. Again.

Remember when Obama made fun of Trump’s ‘Magic Wand’ to fix the economy?

The Trump Team Demolishes The Deep State’s Cuba Policy

Link-banning Is Facebook’s Terrifying New Cencorship Tool

Jerry Nadler’s Son Works for Firm Suing Trump – This is Material Real Conflict of Interest – He Must Recuse!

Lindsey Graham invites Robert Mueller to testify about his phone call with Attorney General Barr

American Workers Wouldn’t Stand A Chance With Bygone Joe Biden

The Week in Pictures: Close Down the Barr Edition

May 3, 2019

The Big Lie That Barr Lied

White House ‘on the warpath now’: Rush Limbaugh

Why The ‘FBI Spying On Trump Campaign’ Story All Of A Sudden Has More Leaks Than The Iraqi Navy

California Senate Passes Bill that Would Keep Trump Off Primary Ballot Unless He Releases His Tax Returns

Donald Trump Jr: ‘How Long Before Big Tech Companies Silence You?’

Jeane Kirkpatrick’s Realism Is Still Relevant After 40 Years

Jobs surge in April – Unemployment rate falls to the lowest since 1969

Trump Considers Designating Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Org – Finally, a U.S. president who understands the threat

Frustrated Speaker Pelosi Defames Attorney General Barr

Impeachment as Political Panic Button – Has there ever been a sadder collection of presidential wannabes?

Desperate media and other Democrats generating fake hysteria over Barr as reckoning looms over Russia hoax

What Happens When An Artist Is Mugged By Identity Politics

William Barr is in the Democrats Cross-hairs

Clash Between Congress, White House Likely to Reverberate for Years to Come

The Intelligence and Law Enforcement Community Clearly Tried to Entrap Trump

The Democrats are worried, as they should be

May 2, 2019

Attorney General Barr addressed Mueller’s concerns, but the mainstream media won’t report it

Rush Limbaugh: Democrats ‘are in full meltdown’ –  ‘It is breathtaking to behold this’

Trump’s Effort to Take Back the Constitution and Self-Government

The New York Times Admits Obama Admin Deployed Multiple Spies Against The Trump Campaign In 2016

Stefan Halper’s ‘Assistant’ In Papadopoulos Spy Operation Has Been Outed

Here Are The Questions Republican Lawmakers Should Ask Robert Mueller During His Testimony Before Congress

What Trump Told Sebastian Gorka Two Years Ago About This Whole Russia Collusion Myth

‘How Obama saw Trump’s victory as a ‘personal insult’ and blamed Hillary due to her ‘scripted, soulless campaign’

Ukrainian Embassy confirms DNC contractor solicited Trump dirt in 2016

The Case Against the 2020 Democrats “Medicare for All” Plan (Part 1/2)

The Case Against the 2020 Democrats “Medicare for All” Plan (Part 2/2)

Democrats hope their attacks will sideline William Barr

Barr Won’t Take the House Judiciary Committee’s Bait

How Media Narratives Became More Important Than Facts

Journalism Institute Poynter Tries to ‘Blacklist’ 29 Conservative Outlets as ‘UnNews’

Presidents Should Not Investigate Themselves

The Use and Abuse of Political Accountability

Attorney General Bill Barr Excels – Crushes Dirty Cop Mueller and the Deep State

Why Does Islamist Anti-Semitism Receive a Pass?

Ilhan Omar Blames America, Not Socialism, for Venezuela’s Problems; Mainstream Media Ignores It

The American Political Kaleidoscope

Thelma Nadler and Louise Schiff

Tucker Carlson destroys Eric Swalwell’s latest showboating attempt

An 8-Year Media Lie About How the Syrian War Started is Finally Exposed

California Taxpayers Can’t Dodge Bullet Train

May 1, 2019

Wall Street Journal: Democrats vilifying Barr for ‘acting like a real Attorney General’

Checkmate – How President Trump’s legal team outfoxed Mueller

It’s Barr’s ‘Baby’ Now, Not Mueller’s

The Democrat attacks on Attorney General Barr come down to a three-week gap

Barr won’t testify before House Committee, given its unreasonable demands

Barr to Brief Senators on FBI Spying on Trump in Counterintelligence Briefings

The Beltway Bidens: Creepy, crooked, and NOT just like us

Hillary aide under oath: Yes, we used unsecure email for State business

We Can’t Let The Democrats Look Bad: This Is What Triggered MSNBC During Graham’s Opening Remarks

OKAY, LET’S TALK ABOUT CHARLOTTESVILLE

Nellie Ohr’s ‘Hi Honey’ emails to DOJ about Russia collusion should alarm us all

Sneaky Mueller is trying to sabotage Barr’s congressional testimony with the leak of a letter

Mueller’s Diva Noise

Attorney General Barr Spanks Democrats in His Prepared Remarks Before Senate Judiciary Committee

Private payrolls surge by 275,000 in April, blowing past estimates and biggest gain since July

Rent-A-Child Services Are Thriving At The Border

Google Dumps Top Black, Female Conservative For Believing Men Can’t Be Women

An Epidemic of Jew Hatred on Campus: The Top Ten Neo-Nazi Incidents

Sorry, Biden. America Doesn’t Want a #MeToo President

Joe Biden Should Apologize To Clarence Thomas, Not To Anita Hill

Obama Betrayed the People of Iran and Venezuela As their Brutal Regimes Built a Close Relationship

The Democrat presidential contenders are hiding their positions – I wonder why

The Democrats Don’t Even Believe Themselves

It’s Getting Difficult To Tell The Difference Between The New York Times And Al Jazeera

Once Again, Steve Moore’s Law

Backlash against Jeopardy! Winner reveals Democrats hate winners (and number crunchers)

Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor Found Guilty of Murder of Justine Damond While Responding to her 911 Call

The Murder Trial Of Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor

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The Murder Trial Of Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor

On July 15, 2017, Justine Ruszczyk, also known as Justine Damond, a 40-year-old Australian-American woman, was shot and killed by Mohamed Noor, a Somali-American Minneapolis Police Department officer, after she had called 9-1-1 to report the possible assault of a woman in an alley behind her house. Noor was ultimately arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder following an eight-month investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

Occurring weeks after a high-profile manslaughter trial acquittal in the 2016 police shooting of Philando Castile, also in the Twin Cities metro area, the shooting exacerbated existing tensions and attracted national and international press.

Scott W. Johnson, a Minneapolis attorney, has been following the trial closely and reporting what he sees on “Powerline” a site that features commentary on the news from a conservative perspective. Links to his articles on happenings in the courtroom are provided below.

At The Noor Trial – April 6th

At The Noor Trial (2) – April 7th

At The Noor Trial (3) – April 8th

At The Noor Trial (4) – April 9th

At The Noor Trial (5) – April 9th

At The Noor Trial (6) – April 10th

At The Noor Trial (7) – April 11th

At The Noor Trial (8) – April 12th

At The Noor Trial (9) – April 13th

At The Noor Trial (10) – April 16th

At The Noor Trial (11) – April 17th

At The Noor Trial (12) – April 18th

At The Noor Trial (13) – April 19th

At The Noor Trial (14) – April 23rd

At The Noor Trial (15) – April 24th

At The Noor Trial (16) – April 25th

At The Noor Trial (17) – April 25th – Noor Testifies

At The Noor Trial (18) – April 27th

At The Noor Trial (19) – April 30th

Inside The Noor Jury – May 1st

Notes On The Noor Trial – May 2nd

Minneapolis Pays Up

Minneapolis pays up: Bob Bennett comments

Race In The Noor Trial, The New York Times Style

 

 

 

 

How A-10 “Warthogs” Survive Attacks

My youngest daughter is married to an Air Force pilot who flew A-10’s in Afghanistan and elsewhere while on active duty. He achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel and now flies for United Airlines. The information provided below is similar to what he has told me over the years.

Known for an ability to keep flying after taking multiple rounds of enemy machine gun fire, land and operate in rugged terrain, destroy groups of enemy fighters with a 30mm cannon and unleash a wide arsenal of attack weapons, the A-10 is described by pilots as a “flying tank” in the sky — able to hover over ground war and provide life-saving close air support in high-threat combat environments.

“It is built to withstand more damage than any other frame that I know of. It’s known for its ruggedness,” according to former A-10 pilot Lt. Col. Ryan Haden, 23rd Fighter Group Deputy, Moody AFB.

The pilot of the A-10 is surrounded by multiple plates of titanium armor, designed to enable the aircraft to withstand small-arms fire and keep flying its attack missions.

“The A-10 is not agile, nimble, fast or quick,” Haden said. “It’s deliberate, measured, hefty, impactful calculated and sound. There’s nothing flimsy or fragile about the way it is constructed or about the way that it flies.”

A-10 Thunderbolt II, affectionately known as the Warthog, has been in service since the late 1970s and served as a close air support combat aircraft in conflicts such as the Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Allied Force in Kosovo, among others.

Having flown combat missions in the A-10, Haden explained how the aircraft is specially designed to survive enemy ground attacks.

“There are things built in for redundancy. If one hydraulic system fails, another one kicks in,” he said.

If the aircraft loses all of its electronics including its digital displays and targeting systems, the pilot of an A-10 can still fly, drop general purpose bombs and shoot the 30mm cannon, Haden explained.

“So when I lose all the computers and the calculations, the targeting pod and the heads up display, you can still point the aircraft using a degraded system at the target and shoot. We are actually trained for that,” he said.

Unlike other air platforms built for speed, maneuverability, air-to-air dogfighting and air-to-air weapons, the A-10 is specifically engineered around its gun, a 30mm cannon aligned directly beneath the fuselage. The gun is also called a GAU-8/A Gatling gun.

“The 30mm cannon has 7 barrels. They are centered the way the aircraft fires. The firing barrel goes right down the center line. You can point the aircraft and shoot at the ground. It is designed for air to ground attack,” Haden explained.

Armed with 1,150 rounds, the 30mm cannon is able to fire 70-rounds a second.

Haden explained the gun alignment as being straight along the fuselage line without an upward “cant” like many other aircraft have. Also, the windows in the A-10 are also wider to allow pilots a larger field of view with which to see and attack targets.

The engines of the A-10 are mounted high so that the aircraft can land in austere environments such as rugged, dirty or sandy terrain, Haden said. The engines on the A-10 are General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofans.

“I’ve seen this airplane land on a desert strip with the main gear buried in a foot of sand. On most planes, this would have ripped the gear up, but the A-10 turned right around and took off,” he added.

There have been many instances where A-10 engines were shot up and the pilots did not know until they returned from a mission, Haden said.

These aerodynamic configurations and engine technology allow the A-10 to fly slower and lower, in closer proximity to ground forces and enemy targets.

“The wings are straight and broadened. The engines are turbofan. They were selected and designed for their efficiency, not because of an enormous thrust. We have a very efficient engine that allows me to loiter with a much more efficient gas-burn rate,” Haden said.

Close Air Support

By virtue of being able to fly at slower speeds, the A-10 can fly beneath the weather at altitudes of 100 feet. This gives pilots and ability to see enemy targets with the naked eye, giving them the ability to drop bombs, fire rockets and open fire with the 30mm cannon in close proximity to friendly forces.

“We shoot really close to people. We do it 50-meters away from people. I can sometimes see hands and people waving. If I get close enough and low enough I can see the difference between good guys and bad guys and shoot,” Haden explained.

The aircraft’s bombs, rockets and cannon attack enemies up close or from miles away, depending on the target and slant range of the aircraft, Haden added.

“We deliver the munitions by actually going from a base position – then pointing the jet at the ground and then pulling the trigger once we reach the desired range,” he explained.

The A-10 uses both “Lightning” and “Sniper” pods engineered with infrared and electro-optical sensors able to find targets for the pilot.

“The aircraft uses the same targeting pod as F-15E and F-16. However, most of the fighters can’t transition between the two targeting pods and we can, based on our software,” Haden said.

The A-10 carries a full complement of weapons to include Joint Direct Attack Munitions or JDAM GPS-guided bombs; its arsenal includes GBU 38s, GBU 31s, GBU 54s, Mk 82s, Mk 84s, AGM-65s (Maverick missiles), AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles and rockets along with illumination flares, jammer pods and other protective countermeasures. The aircraft can carry 16,000 pounds of mixed ordnance; eight can fly under the wings and three under-fuselage pylon station, Air Force statements said.

A-10 Avionics Technology

Pilots flying attack missions in the aircraft communicate with other aircraft and ground forces using radios and a data-link known at LINK 16. Pilots can also text message with other aircraft and across platforms, Haden added.

The cockpit is engineered with what is called the CASS cockpit, for Common Avionics Architecture System, which includes moving digital map displays and various screens showing pertinent information such as altitude, elevation, surrounding terrain and target data.

A-10 pilots also wear a high-tech helmet which enables them to look at targeting video on a helmet display.

“I can project my targeting pod video into my eye so I can see the field of view. If something shoots at me I can target it simply by looking at it,” he explained.

Operation Anaconda

During the early months of combat in Operation Enduring Freedom, in a battle known as “Operation Anaconda,” Haden’s A-10 wound up in a fast-moving, dynamic combat circumstance wherein U.S. military were attacking Taliban fighters in the Afghan mountains.

During the mission in March of 2002, Haden was able to see and destroy Taliban anti-aircraft artillery, guns and troop positions.

“We could see tracer fire going from one side of the valley to the other side of the valley. We were unable to tell which was from good guys and which was from bad guys. Using close air support procedures in conjunction with our sensors on board, we deconstructed the tactical situation and then shot,” he said.

See the originaly story here.