Photo gallery of a Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II,
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. Aircraft used primarily in this role are designated OA-10.
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A-10 Thunderbolt II Walk Around
Fairchild Republic A-10 Warthog (Thunderbolt II) Walk Around
A-10A Thunderbolt II Walk Around
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft designed for close air support (CAS) of ground forces. It is also known by its nickname “Warthog” or simply “Hog”. The A-10 was developed in the 1970s as a counter to the Soviet Union’s large numbers of tanks and armored vehicles. The A-10’s primary weapon is the GAU-8/A Avenger, a 30 mm rotary cannon that can fire up to 4,200 rounds per minute. The A-10 can also carry a variety of bombs, missiles, rockets, and pods for additional firepower and reconnaissance.
The A-10 has a low-speed, high-subsonic design that allows it to fly low and slow over the battlefield, making it more survivable and effective than faster jets. The A-10’s distinctive feature is its armored cockpit and titanium “bathtub” that protects the pilot from enemy fire. The A-10 has a long service history and has been used in several conflicts, including the Gulf War, the Iraq War, the War in Afghanistan, and the Syrian Civil War. The A-10 is highly regarded by its pilots and ground troops for its accuracy, reliability, and durability. The A-10 is expected to remain in service until at least 2030, with possible upgrades and modifications to extend its lifespan.