The problem with the A-10 Warthogs, or similar aircraft which is by nature an Anti-Tank aircraft, is an M-16 bullet can bring it down, sadly...
Hardly a flying tank...
Yeah, that darn Titanium bathtub the pilot sits in, covered in the thickest armor I'm aware of on a jet, with multiple redundancy..
Edit: Went to Wikipedia for this, since it's the easiest form of info grab, but some heads-up for you:
". Its strong airframe can survive direct hits from armor-piercing and high-explosive projectiles up to 23 mm"
"The aircraft has triple redundancy in its flight systems, with mechanical systems to back up double-redundant hydraulic systems."
"The aircraft is designed to fly with one engine, one tail, one elevator and half a wing torn off."
"...self-sealing fuel tanks protected by fire-retardent foam.."
"The cockpit and parts of the flight-control system are protected by 1,200 lb (540 kg) of titanium armor, referred to as a "bathtub". The armor has been tested to withstand strikes from 23 mm cannon fire and some strikes from 57 mm rounds"
Edited by Iblis - 6/8/11 at 11:17pm