Grey Knights Thunderhawk.
The planes in 40k are really, really neat. My first encounter with anything 40k-related was when my dad was checking out some guy’s Warkopta (a heavily modified model Hind) while I was at a Pokemon TCG tournament. I’ve grown up surrounded by military aviation, and the clunky designs of the Imperial Navy feel right at home alongside the warbirds of my past.
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Although it’s named the Thunderbolt, it’s usually called the “Warthog” due to it’s ugly looks for a plane. Designed to house the gigantic GAU-8 Avenger 30mm rotary cannon, it provides a devastating amount of firepower. The A-10 is powered by two General Electric TF34 Turbofan Engines, each producing 9,000+ lbs of thrust. The GAU-8’s recoil is so massive that the plane will actually slow down in mid-air when the gun is fired, effectively pushing it backwards just slightly.
[This ugly bitch is so sexy. I’ve read every technical specs and design manual I could find on it. The Warthog is a prime, and rare, example of form following function. When it first hit the tarmac, few pilots wanted to fly it. But the ones that climbed into the cockpit and danced with it, fell in love.
And it’s still on active duty after all this time. It regained tactical importance and strategic popularity in the last decade largely because of that flawless design and the fact that it’s the only “low and slow” aircraft the USAF employs for the sole purpose of supporting ground troops.]