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A-10A Thunderbolt II - 21 FS, 507th ACW, Shawn AFB, Dec 1991 

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A-10A Thunderbolt II - 21 FS, 507th ACW, Shawn AFB, Dec 1991
Scale:
1:72
Length:
8.75"
Width:
9.75"
Composition:
Diecast
SKU:
HM-HA1335
Period:
Modern


Historical Note:

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October 1975 saw delivery of the first USAF A-10A and deployment in March 1976. Built specifically for close ground support the pilot is protected by titanium armor while being covered by a bubble canopy giving a commanding view. The Warthog has everything needed to survive, dual engines; self-sealing fuel cells; redundant flight control systems protected by titanium armor; a 30 mm seven-barrel Gatling gun; a wide array of bombs and missiles. This plane packs a heavy punch and can stay on scene a long time to deliver its payload. During Operation Desert Storm two A-10s downed Iraqi helicopters.

The first was on February 6, 1991 77-0205 piloted by Captain Bob Swain of the 706th TFS who downed an Iraqi Bo-105 C helicopter. The second was A-10A No.81-0964 c/n A10-659 piloted by Captain Todd 'Shanghai' Sheehy assigned to the 511th TFS. Sheehy spotted an Iraqi Mi-8 Hip helicopter and started shooting 300 rounds of his 30 mm cannon. The helicopter tail section caught fire so Sheehy fired another 200 rounds to finish it off. 81-0964 was modernized to OA-10A in 1987and A-10C in 2006.

Specifications A-10

  • A-10C - Modernized variant of the A-10A
  • Some A-10C upgrades
  • 356 A-10/OA-10s upgraded to A-10C variant under Precision Engagement Program
  • New flight computer
  • Glass cockpit displays with controls
  • 2 X 5.5 inch color monitors with moving maps
  • Integrated digital stores management system
  • Data link to employ smart weapons such as JDAM
  • Wind corrected munitions dispenser
  • Able to carry LITENING targeting pods

Or

  • Sniper XR ATP
  • ROVER (remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receiver) provides sensor data to ground personnel
  • Crew: One Pilot
  • Role: A-10 - close air support,
  • OA-10 - airborne forward air control

Manufacturer: Fairchild Republic Co.

Power Plants

  • Two General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofans
  • Thrust: 9,065 pounds per engine
  • Length: 16.16 meters (53 ft 4 ins)
  • Height: 4.42 meters (14 ft 8 ins)
  • Wingspan: 17.42 meters (57 ft 6 ins)
  • Speed: 420 miles per hour (Mach 0.56)
  • Ceiling: 13,636 meters (45,000 ft)
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 22,950 kg. (51,000 lbs.)
  • Range: 800 miles (695 nautical miles)

Armament: One 30 mm GAU-8/A seven-barrel Gatling gun; maximum 7,200 kg (16,000lbs.) of mixed ordnance on eight under-wing and three under-fuselage pylon stations, including 225 kg (500 lbs.) Mk-82 and 900 kg (2,000 lbs.) Mk-84 series low/high drag bombs, incendiary cluster bombs, combined effects munitions, mine dispensing munitions, AGM-65 Maverick missiles and laser-guided/electro-optically guided bombs; infrared countermeasure flares; electronic countermeasure chaff; jammer pods; 6.99 cm (2.75 in.) rockets; illumination flares and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.

Info:     A-10A Thunderbolt II - 21 FS,  507th ACW, Shawn AFB, Dec 1991


Product Videos

Legendary A-10 Thunderbolt II Firing Guns and Rockets [Gunnery Exercises] (11:30)
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single seat, twin-engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic for the United States Air Force. Its official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, a fighter particularly effective at close air support. The A-10 is more commonly known by its nicknames "Warthog" or "Hog". The A-10 was designed for close-in support of ground troops, close air support, providing quick-action support for troops against helicopters, vehicles, and ground troops. It entered service in 1976 and is the only production-built aircraft that has served in the USAF that was designed solely for CAS. Its secondary mission is to provide forward air controller - airborne (FAC-A) support, by directing other aircraft in attacks on ground targets. The A-10 was intended to improve on the performance of the A-1 Skyraider and its poor firepower.The A-10 was designed around the 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon, which is its primary armament. Its airframe was designed for durability, with measures such as 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of titanium armor to protect the cockpit and aircraft systems, enabling it to absorb a significant amount of damage and continue flying. Its short takeoff and landing capability permits operation from airstrips close to the front lines, and its simple design enables maintenance with minimal facilities. The A-10 served in Operation Desert Shield, and Operation Desert Storm, the American intervention against Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, where the A-10 distinguished itself. The A-10 also participated in other conflicts such as Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, and against the Islamic State in the Middle East. The A-10A single-seat variant was the only version produced, though one pre-production airframe was modified to become the YA-10B twin-seat prototype to test an all-weather night capable version. In 2005, a program was begun to upgrade remaining A-10A aircraft to the A-10C configuration with modern avionics for use of precision weaponry. With a variety of upgrades and wing replacements, the A-10's service life may be extended to 2028. Video Credits: U.S. Air Force | United States Department of Defense ►Subscribe Now -- http://bit.ly/1iAy5UG
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