3. It has a bulletproof "bathtub" onboard
Well, kind of. There are over 1,200 pounds of .5-inch to 1.5-inch-thick titanium surrounding the pilot. It’s nicknamed the "bathtub," because when sh*t hits the fan and you're getting fired at, it's the safest spot to be.
4. It’s so tough, it’s actually a next-gen weather monitor Because of all that armor, and because it has to fly slowly for its ground support role, it’s an ideal candidate to fly into supercell thunderstorms, which often have high winds and large hailstones, for weather research. Obviously, any pilot that flies into such a storm likely has large stones as well.