Our story begins with US A-10 Warthogs over Syria.
One is sent to check out an ISIS artillery unit just over the Syrian border, in Iraq.
The artillery unit a wide variety of artillery including a massive Russian M-46 M1954, a 130-mm artillery piece manufactured in the Soviet Union in the 1950s. Probably ISIS borrowed the gun from the Syrian government without asking. It can turn a tank to shrapnel from 27 km away.
The Warthog gets off the first shot…
…a GBU-12 Paveway II, an 11-foot-long, 500-pound general purpose aerial bomb with a nose-mounted laser seeker and fins for guidance.
What happens? Let's go to the videotape…
Related link: Birdwatching (pix of a few hundred of my favorite planes)