The GAU-8 Avenger 30mm Gatling gun is the A-10’s deadly weapon of choice and is what makes it different from other attack aircraft in the Air Force inventory. It can fire all 1,150 30-millimeter rounds in only 17 seconds, and most enemies will never hear it coming.
“You get a real appreciation for your job when people come out and want to learn about your aircraft, because there really is nothing like it anywhere else in the world,” said Staff Sgt. Joshua Sisneros, who has worked on the GAU-8 for the last six years.
Check out the A-10’s gun in action on Youtube here.