Few military aircraft have the fearsome reputation of the A-10 Warthog, a plane renowned for its cockroach-like survivability, hefty payload capacity and most notably, its ability to utterly annihilate tanks with its legendary 30-millimeter cannon, which fires armor-piercing, depleted-uranium rounds. For one A-10, though, its new mission will see it ditch its Gatling-like cannon and AGM-65 Maverick missiles for sensor pods and mainframes.
That's because it has transitioned to a life as a storm chaser, as part of a $13 million project funded by the National Science Foundation. Now stationed at Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport in Oklahoma, the jet, formally known as the A-10 Thunderbolt II, is currently being refit for its new role.
KOKH-TV, Oklahoma City's Fox affiliate has the story on the refit process, and just how important the trusty Warthog will be for the business of studying tornadoes and other major storms.
Take a look.