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A-10 Thunderbolt II

 

The American ground attack aircraft A-10 Thunderbolt II

 

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A-10 Thunderbolt II. Photo Credit : USAF

 

     The A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American ground attack aircraft. It was developed during the 70’s by Fairchild. The first flight took place 10 mai 1972. The A-10 Thunderbolt II entered in 1976.




Armament

Gun : GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling-type 7 x 30 mm
Capacity : 1 174 rounds
Rate of fire : 4 200 rpm max

Hardpoints : 11, up to 7 260 kg
Rockets : Hydra 70 mm, CRV7
Bombs : Mark 80 series, BLU-27, CBU-52/58/87/97 cluster bombs, Pavewey series, JDAM
Missiles : AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile, AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missile


Specifications

Crew : 1
Powerplant : 2 x General Electric TF-34-GE-100A
Thrust : 2 x 40.32 kN
Maximum speed : 706 km/h
Cruise speed : 560 km/h
Service ceiling : 45 000 ft (13 716 m)
Combat radius : 467 km

Empty weight : 11 321 kg
Anti-armor mission weight : 19 083 kg
CAS, Close Air Support, mission weight : 21 361 kg
Maximum takeoff weight : 23 000 kg


Dimensions

Length : 16.26 m
Wingspan : 17.53 m
Height : 4.47 m

 

 

 

 

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A-10 Thunderbolt II. Photo Credit : USAF

 

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A-10 Thunderbolt II. Photo Credit : USAF

 

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A-10 Thunderbolt II gun firing. Photo Credit : USAF

 

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A-10 Thunderbolt II. Photo Credit : USAF

 

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A-10 Thunderbolt II. Photo Credit : USAF

 

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A-10 Thunderbolt II. Photo Credit : USAF

 

 

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