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Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II

Photo ID 113432 by Tony Printezis. USA Air Force Fairchild A 10A Thunderbolt II, 80 0192
The A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic for the United States Air Force to provide close air support (CAS) of ground forces by attacking tanks, armored vehicles and other ground targets with a limited air interdiction capability. It is the first U.S. Air Force aircraft designed exclusively for close air support.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • First Flight: 10 May 1972
  • Initial Service Date: March 1977
  • No. Built: 715
  • No. In Service: 353 (approx.)
  • No. of Hardpoints: 11
  • Crew: 1

Power:

2x General Electric TF34-GE-100A Turbofans at 18,130 lbf

Weapons:

1x 30mm GAU-8/A Avenger (1174 rounds)
4 LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (19 Hydra 70mm rockets each)
4 LAU-5003 rocket pods (19 CVR7 70mm rockets each)
6 LAU-10 rocket pods (4x 127mm Zuni rockets each)
2x AIM-9 Sidewinders
8x AGM-65 Maverick

Mk 82/83/84 unguided bombs, Mk. 77 incendiary bombs, BLU-1, BLU-27/B Rockeye II, Mk. 20, BL-755, CBU-52/58/71/87/89/97 cluster bombs.
Paveway series of laser guided bombs.

Dimensions:

Length:53 ft. 4 in.
Wing Span:57 ft. 6 in.
Wing Area:506 sq.ft
Height:14 ft. 8 in.
Empty Weight:24,959 lbs
Max. Weight:50,000 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load:16,000 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed:439 mph
Cruise Speed:340 mph
Service Ceiling:45,000 ft.
Normal Range:250 nm
Max. Range:2,240 nm

Operators:

United States Air Force

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