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A-10 Thunderbolt II
An A-10 from the 81st Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany
Role Close air support, and ground-attack aircraft
Manufacturer Fairchild-Republic
First flight 10 May 1972
Introduction March 1977
Status In service
Primary user United States Air Force
Number built 715[1]
Unit cost US$11.7 million (average)[2]
.The A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s.^ A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthog section.
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^ A-10/OA-10 Thunderbolt II Factsheet .
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^ Our version of the A-10 Thunderbolt II...
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.The A-10 was designed for a United States Air Force requirement to provide close air support (CAS) of ground forces by attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with a limited air interdiction capability.^ A-10 Thunderbolt History: The A-10 and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs are the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground ...
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^ It is used for close ground support and anti tank missions.
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^ The A-10 was the first USAF aircraft designed specifically for "Close Air Support" (CAS) .
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.It is the first U.S. Air Force aircraft designed exclusively for close air support.^ The Thunderbolt AOA-10 is the first II Air Force aircraft designed for specially close support of ground air They forces.
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^ The AOA-10 Thunderbolt II is first Air Force aircraft the specially designed close air support of for forces.
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^ The A-10 was the first USAF aircraft designed specifically for "Close Air Support" (CAS) .
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.The A-10 was designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a heavy automatic cannon which forms the aircraft's primary armament.^ The A-10 is literally built around its 30-mm GE GAU-8 Avenger seven barrel cannon, the most powerful gun ever fitted to an aircraft of this...
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^ Consequently, the aircraft was built around the mammoth General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger 30 mm seven-barrel Gatling-type cannon, which was specifically designed to destroy tanks.
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^ While not designed for dogfighting, the A-10 is quite capable of self defense in the right hands, with its Sidewinders, 30mm cannon, and the incredible turn rate.
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.The aircraft's hull incorporates over 900 lb (410 kg) of armor plating and was designed with survivability as a priority, with protective measures in place which enable the aircraft to continue flying even after taking significant damage.^ This was the final iteration of the post-war turbojet designs beginning with the Yak-15 and continuing in the Yak-17 aircraft series.
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^ The A-10 is extremely rugged and able to continue flying even with an engine, a tail fin, or even part of a wing shot off the plane.
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^ They are simple, effective and survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, including tanks and other armored vehicles.
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.The A-10's official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support.^ It is the first US Air Force aircraft designed exclusively for CAS. The official nickname comes from the P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II , a plane that was particularly effective at the CAS mission.

^ An A-10 Thunderbolt II taking off.
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^ A-10/OA-10 Thunderbolt II Factsheet .
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.The A-10 is more commonly known by its nickname "Warthog" or simply "Hog".[3] As a secondary mission, it provides airborne forward air control, guiding other aircraft against ground targets.^ As a secondary mission, it provides airborne forward air control, guiding other aircraft against ground targets.
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^ As a secondary mission, it provides airborne forward air control , guiding other attack aircraft against ground targets.
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^ A-10s provide close-air support and airborne forward air control.
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.A-10s used primarily in this role are designated OA-10.^ A-10s used primarily in this role are designated OA-10.
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^ In the FAC role the OA-10 is typically equipped with up to six pods of 2.75 inch (70 mm) Hydra rockets, usually with smoke or white phosphorus warheads used for target marking.
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^ During the January- February 1991 fighting, when air superiority was quickly gained, A-10’s were used in various roles.
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[4] .The A-10 is expected to be replaced in 2028 or later.^ The A-10 is scheduled to stay in service with the USAF until 2028 and possibly later,[23] when it may be replaced by the F-35 Lightning II.[8] The entire A-10 fleet is currently undergoing upgrades.

^ The A-10 is scheduled to stay in service with the USAF until 2028, when it will be replaced by the Joint Strike Fighter.
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^ The A-10 is scheduled to stay in service with the USAF until 2028, when it may be replaced by the F-35 (Joint Strike Fighter).

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.Criticism that the U.S. Air Force did not take close air support seriously prompted a few service members to seek a specialized attack aircraft.^ The AOA-10 Thunderbolt II is first Air Force aircraft the specially designed close air support of for forces.
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^ The A-10 Thunderbolt II is the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground forces.
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^ Force aircraft eCommons@Cornell: specially designed for close police a .
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[5] .In the Vietnam War, large numbers of ground-attack aircraft were shot down by small arms, surface-to-air missiles, and low-level anti-aircraft gunfire, prompting the development of an aircraft better able to survive such weapons.^ The A-10 was developed in response to the increasing vulnerability of ground attack-planes to ground air defenses , as evidenced by the large number that were shot down by small arms fire, surface-to-air missiles, and low level anti-aircraft gunfire during the Vietnam War .

^ In the Vietnam War, large numbers of ground-attack aircraft were shot down by small arms, surface-to-air missiles, and low-level anti-aircraft gunfire, prompting the development of an aircraft better able to survive such weapons.
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^ In the Vietnam War large numbers of ground-attack aircraft were shot down by small arms fire, surface-to-air missiles, and low level anti-aircraft gunfire indicating that modern combat aircraft were still vulnerable to such defensive measures and prompted the development of an aircraft better able to survive such an environment.

.In addition, the UH-1 Iroquois and AH-1 Cobra helicopters of the day, which USAF commanders had said should handle close air support, were ill-suited for use against armor, carrying only anti-personnel machine guns and unguided rockets meant for soft targets.^ It is used for close ground support and anti tank missions.
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^ When the target's right, the commander will use it against that target.
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^ In addition, the UH-1 Huey and AH-1 Cobra helicopters of the day, which USAF commanders had said should handle the close air support role, were ill-suited for use against armor, carrying only anti-personnel machine guns and unguided rockets meant for soft targets.

.Fast jets such as the F-100 Super Sabre, F-105 Thunderchief and F-4 Phantom II proved for the most part to be ineffective for close air support.^ That's what "close air support in the most demanding threat environments" takes.
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^ This slideshow-style screen saver rotates photos of the A-10 and OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs, the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground forces.
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^ The A-10, officially christened Thunderbolt II, but universally referred to as Warthog because of its ungainly appearance, is the first US Air Force aircraft specifically designed for close air support of ground forces.
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.The A-1 Skyraider was the USAF's primary close air support aircraft.^ It is the first U.S. Air Force aircraft designed exclusively for close air support.
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^ For seven months in 1973, A-7 aircraft from the 74th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 23 TFW deployed to Thailand to support the air war in Southeast Asia.
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^ The 175th Wing’s 104th Fighter Squadron is currently completing a conversion to an upgraded version of the A-10 close air support aircraft and preparing for an Air Expeditionary Force deployment later this year.
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[6]

A-X

.In mid-1966 the U.S. Air Force formed the Attack Experimental (A-X) program office.^ Prototype that competed with the Northrop YA-9 for the Air Force A-X attack plane contract and won on 18 January 1973 .
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^ Air Force Forms .
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^ The Air Force is implementing a modernization and reliability improvement program and plans to invest another $6.3 billion to develop and integrate more robust ground attack, intelligence-gathering, and other new capabilities.
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[7] .On 6 March 1967, the Air Force released a request for information to 21 defense contractors for the A-X. The objective was to create a design study for a low-cost attack aircraft.^ On 6 March 1967, the U.S. Air Force released a request for information to 21 companies.

^ Their objective was to create a design study for a low cost attack aircraft designated A-X, or "Attack Experimental".

^ Their objective was to create a design study for a low-cost attack aircraft designated A-X, or "Attack Experimental".
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.The officer in charge of the project was Colonel Avery Kay.^ The officer in charge of the project was Col. Avery Kay.

^ The officer in charge of the project was Colonel Avery Kay.
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[5] .In 1969, the Secretary of the Air Force asked Pierre Sprey to write the detailed specifications for the proposed A-X project.^ In 1969, the Secretary of the Air Force asked Pierre Sprey to write the detailed specifications for the proposed A-X project.
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^ The 6th AMW is a 3,000-person force capable of rapidly projecting air refueling power anywhere in the world.
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.However, his initial involvement was kept secret due to Sprey's earlier controversial involvement in the F-X project.^ However, his initial involvement was kept secret due to Sprey's earlier controversial involvement in the F-X project.
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[5] .Sprey's discussions with A-1 Skyraider pilots operating in Vietnam and analysis of the effectiveness of current aircraft used in the role indicated the ideal aircraft should have long loiter time, low-speed maneuverability, massive cannon firepower, and extreme survivability;[5] an aircraft that had the best elements of the Ilyushin Il-2, Henschel Hs 129 and A-1. The specifications also demanded that the aircraft cost less than $3 million.^ The specifications also demanded that the cost of the aircraft be less than 3 million dollars.

^ Sprey's discussions with A-1 Skyraider pilots operating in Vietnam and analysis of the effectiveness of current aircraft used in the role indicated the ideal aircraft should have long loiter time, low-speed maneuverability, massive cannon firepower, and extreme survivability; an aircraft that had the best elements of the Ilyushin Il-2, Henschel Hs 129 and A-1 Skyraider.
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^ Sprey's discussions with A-1 Skyraider pilots operating in Vietnam and analysis of the effectiveness of current aircraft used in the role indicated the ideal aircraft should have long loiter time, low-speed maneuverability, massive cannon firepower, and extreme survivability.

[5]
.In May 1970, the USAF issued a modified, and much more detailed request for proposals (RFP).^ In May 1970, the USAF issued a modified, and much more detailed request for proposals, as the threat of Soviet armored forces and all-weather attack operations became more serious.
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^ In May 1970, the USAF issued a modified, and much more detailed request for proposals (RFP), as the threat of Soviet armored forces and all weather attack operations became more serious.

.The threat of Soviet armored forces and all-weather attack operations had became more serious.^ In May 1970, the USAF issued a modified, and much more detailed request for proposals, as the threat of Soviet armored forces and all-weather attack operations became more serious.
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^ In May 1970, the USAF issued a modified, and much more detailed request for proposals (RFP), as the threat of Soviet armored forces and all weather attack operations became more serious.

^ The Huey frequently made night operations during the Vietnam era without night vision and/or radar equipment, making these missions all the more dangerous.
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.Now included in the requirements was that the aircraft would be designed specifically for the 30 mm cannon.^ Consequently, the aircraft was built around the mammoth General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger 30 mm seven-barrel Gatling-type cannon, which was specifically designed to destroy tanks.
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^ Now, the A-10 can drop smart munitions with the assistance of another aircraft or personnel on the ground with a laser designator.
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^ The A-10 is literally built around its 30-mm GE GAU-8 Avenger seven barrel cannon, the most powerful gun ever fitted to an aircraft of this class.
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.The RFP also called for a an aircraft with a maximum speed of 460 mph (740 km/h), takeoff distance of 4,000 feet (1,200 m), external load of 16,000 pounds (7,300 kg), 285-mile (460 km) mission radius, and a unit cost of US$1.4 million.^ Crew: One Date Deployed: March 1976 Unit Cost: US$9.8 million Inventory: Active force, A-10, 143 and OA-10, 70; Reserve, A-10, 46 and OA-10, 6; ANG, A-10, 84 and OA-10, 18 .
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^ It typically flies at a relatively slow speed of 200 mph (320 km/h), which makes it better at ground-attack than fast fighter-bomber s, which often have difficulty targeting small and slow-moving targets.
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^ The plane can loiter for extended periods of time and operate under 1,000 foot (300 m) ceilings with 1.5-mile (2.4 km) visibility.
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[8] .During this time an RFP was released for A-X's 30 mm cannon with a high rate of fire (4,000 round/minute) and a high muzzle velocity.^ Anyone know the muzzle velocity or the rate of fire?
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^ The cannon fires at a rate of 4,200 rounds per minute.
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[9]
.Six companies submitted proposals to the USAF, with Northrop and Fairchild Republic selected to build prototypes: the YA-9A and YA-10A, respectively.^ YA-10A The first two prototypes.
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^ Six companies submitted contestants to the USAF, with Northrop and Fairchild Republic selected to build prototypes: the YA-9A and YA-10A, respectively.
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^ Six companies submitted proposals to the USAF, with Northrop and Fairchild Republic selected to build prototypes: the YA-9A and YA-10A, respectively.
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.General Electric and Philco-Ford were selected to build and test GAU-8 cannon prototypes.^ Six companies submitted proposals to the USAF, with Northrop and Fairchild Republic selected to build prototypes: the YA-9A and YA-10A, respectively.
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^ One single General Electric GAU-8/A 30mm – Avenger cannon (1350 rounds) .
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^ The General Electric GAU-8/A 30mm seven barrel cannon, specifically designed for the A-10, provides unmatched tank killing capability.
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[10]
.The YA-10A first flew on 10 May 1972. After trials and a fly-off against the YA-9A, the Air Force announced its selection of Fairchild-Republic's YA-10A on 18 January 1973 for production.^ May 10, 1972 .
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^ The YA-10A first flew on 10 May 1972.
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^ (YA-10) 10 May 1972 (A-10A) 21 October 1975 .
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[11] .General Electric was selected to build the GAU-8 cannon in June 1973.[12] The YA-10 had an additional fly-off in 1974 against the Ling-Temco-Vought A-7D Corsair II, the principal Air Force attack aircraft at the time, in order to prove the need to purchase a new attack aircraft.^ After trials and a fly-off against the YA-9A, the Air Force selected Fairchild-Republic's YA-10A on 10 January 1973 for production.
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^ An A-10 Thunderbolt II taking off.
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^ In addition, two Air Force aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
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.The first production A-10 flew in October 1975, and deliveries to the Air Force commenced in March 1976 to units at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.^ Background The first production A-10A was delivered to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., in October 1975.
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^ The close Thunderbolt AOA-10 is II the Air first Force .
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^ Be the first to rate it Based on scale of 0 to 10 .
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The first squadron to use the A-10 went operational in October 1977. In total, 715 airplanes were produced, the last delivered in 1984.[1]
.One experimental two-seat A-10 Night Adverse Weather (N/AW) version was built by converting an A-10A.[13] The Night Adverse Weather (N/AW) aircraft was developed by Fairchild from the first Demonstration Testing and Evaluation (DT&E) A-10 for consideration by the USAF. It included a second seat for a weapons system officer responsible for ECM, navigation and target acquisition.^ Two experimental A-10B two-seat version were built (contract was originally for 13).

^ Two-seat Night Adverse Weather demonstrator developed by Fairchild from an A-10 prototype for consideration by the USAF, included a second seat for a weapons officer responsible for ECM, navigation, and target acquisition; did not enter production but many of its features were later incorporated into the A-10 fleet .
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^ One experimental two-seat A-10 Night Adverse Weather (N/AW) version was built by converting an A-10A. The Night Adverse Weather (N/AW) aircraft was developed by Fairchild from the first Demonstration Testing and Evaluation (DT&E) A-10 for consideration by the USAF. It included a second seat for a weapons system officer responsible for ECM, navigation and target acquisition.
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.The variant was canceled and the only two-seat A-10 built now sits at Edwards Air Force Base awaiting a spot in the Flight Test Historical Foundation museum.^ The variant was canceled and the only two-seat A-10 built now sits at Edwards Air Force Base awaiting a spot in the Flight Test Historical Foundation museum.
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^ The variant was cancelled and the only two-seat A-10 built now sits at Edwards Air Force Base awaiting a spot in the Flight Test Historical Foundation museum.

^ The variant was cancelled and the only two-seat A-10 built now sits at Edwards AFB awaiting a spot in the Flight Test Historical Foundation museum.
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[14] The N/AW version did not interest the USAF or export customers. .The two-seat trainer version was ordered by the Air Force in 1981 but funding was canceled by Congress and was not produced.^ The variant was canceled and the only two-seat A-10 built now sits at Edwards Air Force Base awaiting a spot in the Flight Test Historical Foundation museum.
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^ The variant was cancelled and the only two-seat A-10 built now sits at Edwards Air Force Base awaiting a spot in the Flight Test Historical Foundation museum.

^ Proposed two-seat combat-capable trainer with an enlarged nose and taller tail fins that would have been modified from existing A-10A models; 30 were to be converted but the variant was cancelled .
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[15]

Upgrades

Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II.ogv
Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II USAF video
.The A-10 has received many upgrades over the years.^ The A-10 has received many upgrades over the years.
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^ We have been storing wood for many years and have a very large supply available for the A-10 American ™ .
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^ The A-10 will be part of a service life extension program (SLEP) with many receiving new wings.
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.Aircraft were upgraded with inertial navigation and a Pave Penny laser sensor (marked target seeker) pod that allowed the pilot to detect laser energy for PID (Positive Identification) of an illuminated target.^ Aircraft were upgraded with inertial navigation and a Pave Penny laser sensor (marked target seeker) pod that allowed the pilot to detect laser energy for PID (Positive Identification) of an illuminated target.
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^ Pave Penny pod kit with pylon .
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^ Aircraft were eventually upgraded with inertial navigation and a Pave Penny laser sensor (marked target seeker) pod that allowed the pilot to detect laser energy for PID (Positive Identification) of an illuminated target.

.The Pave Penny is a passive seeker and cannot self-designate a target for a Laser Guided Bomb (LGB).^ The Pave Penny is a passive seeker and cannot self-designate a target for a Laser Guided Bomb (LGB).
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^ GBU-10 laser-guided bomb .
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^ GBU-12 laser-guided bomb .
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[16] .Later, the Low-Altitude Safety and Targeting Enhancement (LASTE) upgrade provided computerized weapon-aiming equipment, an autopilot, and ground-collision warning system.^ Much later in the A-10's career, the Low-Altitude Safety and Targeting Enhancement (LASTE) upgrade provided computerized weapon-aiming equipment, an autopilot, and ground-collision warning system.

^ Later, the Low-Altitude Safety and Targeting Enhancement (LASTE) upgrade provided computerized weapon-aiming equipment, an autopilot, and ground-collision warning system.
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^ Much later in the "Warthog's" career, the Low-Altitude Safety and Targeting Enhancement (LASTE) upgrade provided computerized weapon-aiming equipment, an autopilot, and ground-collision warning system.
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.The A-10 is now compatible with night vision goggles for low-light operation.^ The A-10 is now compatible with night-vision goggles for low-light operation.
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^ Thunderbolt IIs have Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS), goggle compatible single-seat cockpits forward of their wings and a large bubble canopy which provides pilots all-around vision.
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^ A-10 Warthog History: Thunderbolt IIs have Night Vision Imaging Systems, or NVIS, goggle compatible single-seat cockpits forward of their wings and a ...
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.In 1999, aircraft began to receive Global Positioning System navigation systems and a new multi-function display.^ In 1999, aircraft began to be given Global Positioning System navigation systems.

^ Installation of the Global Positioning System is currently underway for all aircraft.
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^ New glass cockpit displays and controls, two new 5.5 inch color displays with moving map function and an integrated digital stores management system.

[17] .Its LASTE system is being upgraded with the Integrated Flight & Fire Control Computers (IFFCC).^ Tripple redundancy flight control systems.
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^ In 1999, aircraft began to receive Global Positioning System navigation systems, and in 2005 began getting its LASTE system upgraded with the Integrated Flight & Fire Control Computers (IFFCC).
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^ The pilot himself sits in an armored "bathtub" and all control systems are doubled for a redundancy system should one component on one side fail due to enemy fire.
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[18]
.In 2005, the entire A-10 fleet also began receiving upgrades that would result in redesignation to the "C" model that will include improved fire control system (FCS), electronic countermeasures (ECM), and the ability to carry smart bombs.^ The A-10 has received many upgrades over the years.
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^ The entire A-10 fleet is currently undergoing upgrades.

^ In 2005, the entire A-10 fleet also began receiving upgrades that would result in redesignation to the "C" model that will include improved fire control system (FCS), electronic countermeasures (ECM), and the ability to carry smart bombs.
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.The A-10 will be part of a service life extension program (SLEP) with many receiving new wings.^ The A-10 has received many upgrades over the years.
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^ The A-10 will be part of a service life extension program (SLEP) with many receiving new wings.
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^ On 2 April 2007 the Government Accounting Office estimated the potential total cost of upgrading, refurbishing, and service life extension plans for the A-10 force at up to $4.4 billion.
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[19] A contract to build 242 new A-10 wing sets was awarded to Boeing in June 2007.[20]
.The Government Accounting Office in 2007 estimated the potential total cost of upgrading, refurbishing, and service life extension plans for the A-10 force at up to $4.4 billion.^ A comprehensive service life extension program (if required) could cost billions more.
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^ On 2 April 2007 the Government Accounting Office estimated the potential total cost of upgrading, refurbishing, and service life extension plans for the A-10 force at up to $4.4 billion.
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^ One estimate for extending the A- 10's life in total was $4.4 billion.
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[21] .Modifications to provide precision weapons capability are well underway.^ Modifications to provide precision weapons capability are well underway.
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^ A-10C : Updated version of A-10 featuring a digital cockpit, and all-weather multi-mission precision weapons capability.

^ The 355th FS is tasked to provide mission ready A-10s as well as search and rescue capability in Alaska and deployed sites worldwide.
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The Air Force Material Command's Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill AFB, Utah completed work on its 100th A-10 precision engagement upgrade in January 2008.[22] The C model upgrades are to be completed in 2011.[23]

Design

A-10 inboard profile drawing
.The A-10 has superior maneuverability at low speeds and altitude, due to large wing area, high wing aspect ratio, and large ailerons.^ The A-10 has excellent maneuverability at low speeds and altitude, thanks to straight, wide wings.
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^ The A-10 has superior maneuverability at low speeds and altitude, thanks to straight, wide wings with downturned "droop" wing tips.
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^ Engines are mounted high on the fuselage to protect it from enemy small arms fire and the wings are of straight wing design, affording the system increased drag for take off and landings and increased maneuverability required at lower altitudes.
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.The large high aspect ratio wing also allows for short takeoffs and landings, permitting operations from primitive forward airfields near front lines.^ Their wide combat radius and short takeoff and landing capability permit operations in and out of locations near front lines.
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^ These also allow short takeoffs and landings, permitting operations from rugged, forward airfields near front lines.
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^ These also allow short takeoffs and landings, permitting operations from forward airfields near front lines.
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.The aircraft can loiter for extended periods of time and operate under 1,000 ft (300 m) ceilings with 1.5 mi (2.4 km) visibility.^ The plane can loiter for extended periods of time and operate under 1,000 feet (300 m) ceilings with 1.5-mile (2.4 km) visibility.

^ He is likely out for an extended period of time.
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^ The plane can loiter for extended periods of time and operate under 1,000 foot (300 m) ceilings with 1.5-mile (2.4 km) visibility.
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.It typically flies at a relatively slow speed of 300 knots (560 km/h; 350 mph), which makes it a much better platform for the ground-attack role than fast fighter-bombers, which often have difficulty targeting small and slow-moving targets.^ The third role was secondary attack on tactical ground targets.
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^ It typically flies at a relatively slow speed of 180 knots (200 mph or 320 km/h), which makes it a much better candidate for the ground-attack role than fast fighter-bombers , which often have difficulty targeting small and slow-moving targets.

^ I liked this much better than oblivion.
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[6]
.Engine exhaust passes over the aircraft's horizontal stabilizer and between the twin tails, decreasing the A-10's infrared signature and lowering the likelihood that the aircraft can be targeted by heat-seeking missiles.^ Engine exhaust passes over the aircraft's horizontal stabilizer and between the twin tails, decreasing the A-10's infrared signature and lowering the likelihood that the aircraft can be targeted by heat-seeking missiles.
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^ Engine exhaust passes over the aircraft's horizontal stabilizer and between the twin tails , decreasing the A-10's infrared signature and lowering the likelihood that the aircraft can be targeted by heatseeking missiles.

^ Engine exhaust passes over the aircraft's horizontal stabilizer and between the twin tail s, decreasing the A-10's infrared signature and lowering the likelihood that the aircraft can be targeted by heatseeking missiles.
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.The placement of the engines behind the wings partially shields them from anti-aircraft fire.^ The placement of the engines partially shields them from anti-aircraft fire behind the wings and tail.
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^ The placement of the engines behind the wings partially shields them from anti-aircraft fire.
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^ One of the characteristic features of this aircraft is the placement of the General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofan engines.
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[24] .The leading edge of the wing is honeycomb panel construction to provide strength with minimal weight compromise.^ The leading edge of the mainplane is honeycomb to provide strength with minimal weight compromise.
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^ The left outboard wing panel was constructed to the same level of completion as the right panel.

^ Other parts, like spars, wing sheeting, and leading and trailing edges have to be purchased separately.

.Honeycomb panels of this type on the A-10 include the flap shrouds, elevators, rudders and other sections of the fins.^ Honeycomb panels of this type on the A-10 include the flap shrouds, the elevators, the rudders and other sections of the fins.
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[25]
An A-10A of pre-glass cockpit design
.The A-10 has integrally machined skin panels.^ The A-10 has integrally machined skin panels.
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.Because the stringers are integral with the skin there are no join or seal problems.^ Because the stringers are integral with the skin there are no join or seal problems.
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^ Because without border control posts, there can't be no uselfulness in any aerial patrol.
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.These panels, fabricated using computer controlled machining, reduce the time and hence the cost of production.^ These panels, built using computer controlled machining, reduce the man-hours and hence the cost of manufacture.

^ These panels built using computer driven machines reduce the man-hours and hence the cost of manufacture.
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^ These panels, fabricated using computer controlled machining, reduce the time and hence the cost of manufacture.
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.Combat experience has shown that this type of panel is more resistant to damage.^ Combat experience has shown that this type of panel is more resistant.
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^ The tests of war have shown that this type of panel is more battle-hardy.

^ Given the type of damage suffered in the missile attack, it seems likely that the cowling shown on television was from the same A-10 that was hit.
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.The skin is not load-bearing, so damaged skin sections can be easily replaced in the field, with makeshift materials if necessary.^ The skin is not load-bearing, so damaged skin sections can be easily replaced in the field, with makeshift materials if necessary.
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^ The early A-10s carried 1,350 rounds, but were replaced because the helix was susceptible to damage during loading.
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[26]
.The ailerons are at the far ends of the wings to gain greater rolling moment, as with most aircraft, but there are two distinguishing features.^ The ailerons are at the far ends of the wings to gain greater rolling moment as with most aircraft but there are two distinguishing features.
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^ Although A-10s aren't the only aircraft capable of performing the role of "Sandy," or CSAR mission commander, they are by far the most frequent and the most effective.
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^ Its light wing loading means it is a very well behaved aircraft, both in flight and during the absolute hardest maneuver for most beginners, the landing.
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.First, the ailerons are larger than is typical, almost 50% of the chord, providing improved control even at slow speeds.^ First, the ailerons are larger than is typical, almost 50% of the chord, providing improved control even at slow speeds.
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^ First, the ailerons are larger than is typical, almost 50% of the chord , providing improved control even at slow speeds.

^ It strikes the target with almost 12 times the kinetic energy of it's predecessor the 20 mm round even though it's only 50% larger in linear dimension it has 12 times the kinetic energy of the target.

.The aileron is also split, making it a deceleron.^ The aileron is also split, making it a deceleron.
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[27][28]
.The Thunderbolt II can be serviced and operated from bases with limited facilities near battle areas.^ The Thunderbolt II can be serviced and operated from bases with limited facilities near battle areas.
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^ The Hog's extremely high mission capability rate during the First Gulf War directly resulted from a design dedicated to ensuring the plane could be serviced & operated from bases with limited facilities close to the battlefield.

^ Operational History (Wikipedia) The first unit to receive the A-10 Thunderbolt II was the 355th Tactical Training Wing, based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona in March 1976.
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.An unusual feature is that many of the aircraft's parts are interchangeable between the left and right sides, including the engines, main landing gear, and vertical stabilizers.^ Many of the aircraft's parts are interchangeable left and right, including the engines, main landing gear and vertical stabilizers.
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^ An unusual feature is that many of the aircraft's parts are interchangeable between the left and right sides, including the engines, main landing gear, and vertical stabilizers.
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^ An unusual feature is that many of the aircraft's parts are interchangeable between the left and right sides, including the engines, main landing gear , and vertical stabilizers .

.The sturdy landing gear, low-pressure tires and large, straight wings allow operation from short rough strips even with a heavy ordnance load, allowing the aircraft to operate from damaged airbases.^ The sturdy landing gear, low-pressure tires and large, straight wings allow operation from short rough strips even with a heavy ordnance load, allowing the aircraft to operate from damaged airbases.
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^ Additionally, the main landing gear is designed so that the wheels semi-protrude from their nacelles when the gear is retracted so as to make gear-up landings ( belly landing ) easier to control and less damaging to the aircraft's underside.

^ Additionally, the main landing gear is designed so that the wheels semi-protrude from their nacelles when the gear is retracted so as to make gear-up landings (belly landing) easier to control and less damaging to the aircraft's underside.
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.If runways are damaged in an attack, the A-10 can operate from taxiways, or straight roadway sections, such as Germany's autobahn.^ Issuers were never precluded from using such hearings as a basis for relying on the Section 3(a)(10) exemption.
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^ Spotting a "Straight Flush" radar system (often used with the SA-6 SAM system), the A-10 pilot was unable to coordinate an attack by the F-14 in its first pass over.
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^ An issuer, therefore, could not use such a hearing as a basis for relying on the Section 3(a)(10) exemption.
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[29] .The aircraft is designed to be refueled, rearmed, and serviced with minimal equipment.^ The aircraft is designed to be refueled, rearmed and serviced with minimal equipment.
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^ The aircraft is designed to be refueled, rearmed, and serviced with minimal equipment.

^ The aircraft is designed to be re-fueled, re-armed, and serviced with minimal equipment.
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.Operating from a forward area is both useful for close air support and necessary due to the A-10's relatively low cruise and top speeds.^ Close air support/forward air control .
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^ Operating from a forward area is both useful for close air support and necessary due to the A-10's relatively low cruise and top speeds.
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^ Close air support .
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[citation needed]
Front view of an A-10 showing the 30 mm cannon and offset front landing gear.
.Because of the close proximity of the front landing gear to the A-10's main cannon, the landing gear is offset to the aircraft's right and cannon slightly to the left.^ Because of the close proximity of the front landing gear and the A-10's main cannon, the landing gear is offset to the aircraft's right and cannon slightly to the left (see schematic below).
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^ Because of the close promity of the front landing gear and the A-10's main cannon, the landing gear is offset to starboard and cannon slightly to port (see schematic below).

^ The offset front landing gear causes the A-10 to have dissimilar turning radii.
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.During ground taxi, the offset front landing gear causes the A-10 to have dissimilar turning radii.^ The offset front landing gear causes the A-10 to have dissimilar turning radii.
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^ An A-10 pilot was over Iraq during a mission and received over 200 direct hits and was still able to complete his/her mission and land safely back home.
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^ Because of the close proximity of the front landing gear and the A-10's main cannon, the landing gear is offset to the aircraft's right and cannon slightly to the left (see schematic below).
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.Turning to the right on the ground takes less distance than turning left.^ Turning to the right on the ground takes less space than turning left.

^ Scale and game length are right but the rules seemed harder than necessary and the situation less good than I'd hoped.
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[citation needed][30]

Durability

This A-10 Thunderbolt II suffered extensive damage over Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom in early 2003, but still made it back to base
The A-10 is exceptionally tough. .Its strong airframe can survive direct hits from armor-piercing and high-explosive projectiles up to 23 mm.^ Its strong airframe can survive direct hits from armor-piercing and high-explosive projectiles up to 23 mm.
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^ This titanium “bathtub” can survive direct hits from armor-piercing and high explosive projectiles up to 37mm in size.
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^ The aircraft can survive direct hits from armor-piercing and high explosive projectiles up to 23mm.
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.The aircraft has triple redundancy in its flight systems, with mechanical systems to back up double-redundant hydraulic systems.^ The aircraft has triple redundancy in its flight systems, with mechanical systems to back up double-redundant hydraulic systems.
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^ Manual systems back up their redundant hydraulic flight-control systems.
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^ The A-10 has two hydraulic flight control systems, backed up by a manual flight control system.
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.This permits pilots to fly and land when hydraulic power or part of a wing is lost.^ This permits pilots to fly and land when hydraulic power or part of a wing is lost.
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^ This permits pilots to fly and land when hydraulic power is lost.
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^ Also, the A-10's landing gear are all hinged toward the rear of the aircraft, so if hydraulic power is lost the pilot can simply drop the gear and a combination of gravity and wind resistance will open and lock the gear in place.
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.Flight without hydraulic power uses the manual reversion flight control system; this engages automatically for pitch and yaw control, and under pilot control (manual reversion switch) for roll control.^ Manual systems back up their redundant hydraulic flight-control systems.
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^ The A-10 has two hydraulic flight control systems, backed up by a manual flight control system.
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^ Flight without hydraulic power uses the manual reversion flight control system; this engages automatically for pitch and yaw control, and under pilot control (manual reversion switch) for roll control.
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.In manual reversion mode, the A-10 is sufficiently controllable under favorable conditions to return to base and land, though control forces are much higher than normal.^ In manual reversion mode, the A-10 is sufficiently controllable under favorable conditions to return to base and land, though control forces are much higher than normal.
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^ Despite this, Campbell flew the aircraft for an hour and landed it safety at the air base in manual reversion mode (flying the aircraft without hydraulics), making her one of the few pilots to ever land the A-10 in manual mode.
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^ Despite this, the pilot managed to fly it for an hour and landed it safely at the air base in manual reversion mode ( "Killer Chick" tells her story ).

.The aircraft is designed to fly with one engine, one tail, one elevator and half a wing torn off.^ The aircraft is designed to fly with one engine, one tail, one elevator and half a wing torn off.
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^ The A-10 can fly even after the loss of one side of the tail, ⅔ of a single wing, and one engine.

^ Engine exhaust passes over the aircraft's horizontal stabilizer and between the twin tails , decreasing the A-10's infrared signature and lowering the likelihood that the aircraft can be targeted by heatseeking missiles.

[31] .Self-sealing fuel tanks are protected by fire-retardant foam.^ Self-sealing fuel tanks are protected by fire-retardant foam.
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^ Their self-sealing fuel cells are protected by internal and external foam.
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^ Fire retardant foam protects the fuel cells which are also self sealing in the event of puncture.
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[32] .The A-10's main landing gear is designed so that the wheels semi-protrude from their nacelles when the gear is retracted so as to make gear-up landings (belly landing) easier to control and less damaging to the aircraft's underside.^ Additionally, the main landing gear is designed so that the wheels semi-protrude from their nacelles when the gear is retracted so as to make gear-up landings (belly landing) easier to control and less damaging to the aircrafts underside.
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^ All B-17s have retractable tail-wheel landing gear.
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^ Additionally, the main landing gear is designed so that the wheels semi-protrude from their nacelles when the gear is retracted so as to make gear-up landings ( belly landing ) easier to control and less damaging to the aircraft's underside.

.A belly landing would be required in the case of a landing gear failure.^ A belly landing would be required in the case of a landing gear failure.
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^ Also, I have seen many failures of retractable landing gear, and on first flights.

.Additionally, the landing gear are all hinged toward the rear of the aircraft, so if hydraulic power is lost the pilot can simply drop the gear and a combination of gravity and wind resistance will open and lock the gear in place.^ Also, the A-10's landing gear are all hinged toward the rear of the aircraft, so if hydraulic power is lost the pilot can simply drop the gear and a combination of gravity and wind resistance will open and lock the gear in place.
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^ They also are all hinged toward the rear of the aircraft, so if hydraulic power is lost the pilot can simply drop the gear and a combination of gravity and wind resistance will open and lock the gear in place.
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^ This permits pilots to fly and land when hydraulic power or part of a wing is lost.
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[28]
.The cockpit and parts of the flight-control system are protected by 900 lb (410 kg) of titanium armor, referred to as a titanium "bathtub".[33] The armor has been tested to withstand strikes from 23 mm cannon fire and some strikes from 57 mm rounds.^ Titanium armor protects both the pilot and critical areas of the flight control system.
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^ The tub has been tested to withstand multiple strikes from 20 mm cannon fire.

^ The cockpit and parts of the flight-control system are protected by 900 pounds (408 kg) of titanium armor, referred to as a titanium "bathtub".
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[33] .It is made up of titanium plates with thicknesses from 0.5 to 1.5 inches (13 to 38 mm) determined by a study of likely trajectories and deflection angles.^ It is made up of titanium plates with thicknesses from ½ inch to 1½ inches determined by a study of likely trajectories and deflection angles.
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.This protection comes at a cost, though; the armor itself weighs almost 6% of the entire aircraft's empty weight.^ This protection comes at a cost, though; the armor itself weighs almost 6% of the entire aircraft’s empty weight.
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^ This protection comes at a cost, though; the armor plating itself weighs almost 6% of the entire aircraft’s empty weight.

^ The A-10A a compromise between weapons-carrying capability and affordable cost, is well-armored for protection of pilot and systems.
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.To protect the pilot from the fragmentation likely to be created from impact of a shell, any interior surface of the tub that is directly exposed to the pilot is covered by a multi-layer Nylon spall shield.^ To protect the pilot from the fragmentation likely to be created from impact of a shell any interior surface of the tub that is directly exposed to the pilot is covered by a multi-layer Kevlar spall shield.
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^ To protect the pilot from the fragmentation likely to be created from impact of a shell any interior surface of the tub that is directly exposed to the pilot is covered by a multi-layer nylon spall shield.

^ The A-10 is also heavily covered with portions of Armor Plate to protect vital components of the aircraft and protect the pilot.
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[32][34] .The canopy consists of a bullet-proof diffusion-bonded stretched-acrylic to withstand small arms fire and is resistant to spalling.^ The canopy consists of a bullet-proof diffusion-bonded stretched-acrylic to withstand small arms fire and is resistant to spalling.
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^ The canopy cannot protect the pilot as well as the titanium, but the bullet-proof diffusion-bonded stretched-acrylic canopy can withstand small arms fire and is spall-resistant, although the canopy needs to be penetrable by the ejection seat.

^ As friendly forces neared a river, they reported receiving small-arms fire from enemy forces in treeline positions.
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.The front windscreen offers shielding resistant to 20 mm cannon fire.^ The front windscreen offers shielding resistant to 20 mm cannon fire.
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^ The tub has been tested to withstand multiple strikes from 20 mm cannon fire.

^ An A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot fires the plane s 30-mm cannon.
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[citation needed]
.Proof of the durability of the A-10 was shown when then-Captain Kim Campbell, USAF, flying a ground support mission over Baghdad during the 2003 invasion of Iraq on 7 April, suffered extensive flak damage to her A-10. Enemy fire damaged one of the A-10's engines and crippled its hydraulic system, forcing the back-up mechanical system to operate the aircraft's stabilizer and flight controls.^ A-10A Thunderbolt II 1/72 Die Cast Model Kim "Killer Chick" Reed-Campbell, 75th Fighter Squadron During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while flying a ground support mission over Baghdad, USAF Capt.
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^ Captain Kim Carpenters Gulf War battle damaged A-10 .
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^ The aircraft has triple redundancy in its flight systems, with mechanical systems to back up double-redundant hydraulic systems.
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.Despite this, Campbell managed to fly it for an hour and landed it safely at the air base in manual reversion mode.^ Despite this, Campbell flew the aircraft for an hour and landed it safety at the air base in manual reversion mode (flying the aircraft without hydraulics), making her one of the few pilots to ever land the A-10 in manual mode.
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^ Despite this, Campbell managed to fly it for an hour and landed it safely at the air base in manual reversion mode.
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^ Despite this, the pilot managed to fly it for an hour and landed it safely at the air base in manual reversion mode ( "Killer Chick" tells her story ).

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.There are several reasons for the unusual location of the A-10's General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofan engines.^ There are several reasons for the unusual location of the A-10's General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofan engines.
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^ General Electric TF34-GE-100 .
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^ The General Electric GAU-8/A 30mm seven barrel cannon, specifically designed for the A-10, provides unmatched tank killing capability.
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.First, the A-10 was expected to fly from forward air bases, often with semi-prepared substandard runways that presented a high risk of foreign object damage to the engines.^ First, as this aircraft was expected to be operated from forward air bases, often with semi-prepared substandard runways, there would be a high risk of FOD (Foreign Object Damage) .

^ First, the A-10 was expected to fly from forward air bases, often with semi-prepared substandard runways that presented a high risk of foreign object damage to the engines.
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^ Background The first production A-10A was delivered to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., in October 1975.
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.The height of the engines lowers the chance that sand or stones will enter the inlet.^ The height of the engines lowers the chance that sand or stones will enter the inlet.
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^ The height of the engines significantly lowers the chance of sand or stones damaging the complex parts of the jet engines.

.This also allows engines to remain running, allowing for shorter servicing and rearming turn-around times by ground crew.^ This also means engines can remain running, allowing for shorter servicing and rearming turn-around times by ground crew.

^ This also allows engines to remain running, allowing for shorter servicing and rearming turn-around times by ground crew.
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^ Servicing and rearming are further helped by having wings closer to the ground than would be possible if the engines were wing-mounted.
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.Servicing and rearming are further helped by having wings closer to the ground than would be possible if the engines were wing-mounted.^ Servicing and rearming are further helped by having wings closer to the ground than would be possible if the engines were wing-mounted.
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^ Servicing and rearming are further helped by having wings closer to ground than would be possible if the engines were wing mounted.

^ The engines are installed in nacelles mounted on pylons extending from the fuselage just aft of and above the wing.
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.The position also reduces the infrared signature further, which is already low due to the engines' 6:1 bypass ratio.^ The position also reduces the IR signature, which starts low anyway due to the engines' 6:1 bypass ratio.
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.Because of their high position, the engines are angled upward nine degrees to bring the combined thrust line closer to the aerodynamic center of the aircraft.^ Because of their high position, the engines are angled upward nine degrees to bring the combined thrust line closer to the aerodynamic center of the aircraft.
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^ All four fuel tanks are near the center of the aircraft, reducing the likelihood that they will be hit or separated from the engines.
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^ All four fuel tanks are near the center of the aircraft thus decreasing the likelihood of them being hit or being separated from the engines.

.This avoids trimming measures to counteract a nose-down pitching moment if the engines were parallel to the fuselage.^ This avoids trimming measures to counteract a nose-down pitching moment if the engines were parallel to the fuselage.
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.The heavy engines require strong supports, so their pylons are connected to the airframe by four bolts.^ The heavy engines require strong supports, so their pylons are connected to the airframe by four bolts.
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^ General features on the B-17 include its mid-wing monoplane design, aluminum-clad exterior, four radial engines, massive wing structure and heavy armament.
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[38]
.All four fuel tanks are near the center of the aircraft, reducing the likelihood that they will be hit or separated from the engines.^ All four fuel tanks are near the center of the aircraft, reducing the likelihood that they will be hit or separated from the engines.
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^ All four fuel tanks are near the center of the aircraft thus decreasing the likelihood of them being hit or being separated from the engines.

^ Engine exhaust passes over the aircraft's horizontal stabilizer and between the twin tails , decreasing the A-10's infrared signature and lowering the likelihood that the aircraft can be targeted by heatseeking missiles.

.The tanks are protected by several measures.^ The tanks are protected by several measures.
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^ There are several methods employed to protect the tanks themselves.

.The tanks are separate from the fuselage; thus, projectiles would need to penetrate the skin before reaching the tank.^ The tanks are separate from the fuselage; thus, projectiles would need to penetrate the skin before reaching the tank.
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^ The tanks are separate from the fuselage and so projectiles would need to penetrate the skin before reaching the tank.

^ All four fuel tanks are near the center of the aircraft thus decreasing the likelihood of them being hit or being separated from the engines.

[32][34] .The refueling system is purged after use so that there is no fuel unprotected anywhere in the aircraft.^ The refueling system is purged after use so that there is no fuel unprotected anywhere in the aircraft.
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^ Here in Norway there is no interest in UK aircraft (with the exception of aircraft visiting Norway or aircraft involved in past conflicts ie attacks on Tirpitz).
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[39] All pipes self-seal if they are compromised. .Most of the fuel system components are inside the tanks so that if a leak were to occur from the component the fuel would not be lost.^ Most of the fuel system components are inside the tanks so that if a leak were to occur from the component the fuel would not be lost.
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^ Most of the fuel system components are situated inside the tanks so that if a leak were to occur from the component the fuel would not be lost.

^ The most important fuel system protection aid is the reticulated polyurethane foam that is sprayed into the empty space in a tank holding debris and restricting fuel spillage in the event of damage.

.If a tank does get damaged, check valves ensure that fuel does not flow into the compromised tank.^ If a tank does get damaged, check valves ensure that fuel does not flow into the compromised tank.
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^ Most importantly, reticulated polyurethane foam lines both the inner and outer sides of the fuel tanks, holding debris and restricting fuel spillage in the event of damage.
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.Most importantly, reticulated polyurethane foam lines both the inner and outer sides of the fuel tanks, holding debris and restricting fuel spillage in the event of damage.^ The most important fuel system protection aid is the reticulated polyurethane foam that is sprayed into the empty space in a tank holding debris and restricting fuel spillage in the event of damage.

^ Most importantly, reticulated polyurethane foam lines both the inner and outer sides of the fuel tanks, holding debris and restricting fuel spillage in the event of damage.
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^ If a tank does get damaged, check valves ensure that fuel does not flow into the compromised tank.
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.The other source of possible combustion, the engines, are shielded from the fuel system and the rest of the airframe by firewalls and fire extinguishing equipment.^ The other source of possible combustion, the engines, are shielded from the fuel system and the rest of the airframe by firewalls and fire extinguishing equipment.
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^ The placement of the engines partially shields them from anti-aircraft fire behind the wings and tail.

^ The placement of the engines behind the wings partially shields them from anti-aircraft fire.
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.Even in the event of all four main tanks being holed and all contents lost, sufficient fuel is carried in two self sealing sump tanks to allow flight for 230 miles (370 km).^ Self-sealing fuel tanks are protected by fire-retardant foam.
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^ The gun is accurate as well, being capable of placing 80% of its shots within a 20-foot wide circle from a distance of 1 mile while the aircraft is in flight.

^ Most of the fuel system components are inside the tanks so that if a leak were to occur from the component the fuel would not be lost.
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[32][34]

Weapon systems

A side-view drawing of the A-10's GAU-8/A Avenger gun and its approximate location in the fuselage
.Although the A-10 can carry considerable disposable stores, its primary built-in weapon is the 30 mm GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling-type cannon.^ Although the A-10 can carry considerable disposable stores, its primary built-in weapon is the 30 mm GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling gun.
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^ GE 30-mm GAU-8 seven.
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^ The A-10 Warthog carries a 30 mm Gatling cannon in its nose and can penetrate any kind of armor.
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[40] .One of the most powerful aircraft cannon ever flown, it fires large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells.^ One of the most powerful aircraft cannon ever flown, it fires large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells at a rate of 3,900 rounds per minute.
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^ The gun fires armor-piercing depleted uranium projectiles capable of penetrating heavy armor.
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^ One of the most powerful aircraft cannons ever flown, it fires large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells.
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.In the original design, the pilot could switch between two rates of fire: 2,100 or 4,200 rounds per minute;[41] this was changed to a fixed rate of 3,900 rounds per minute.^ The cannon fires at a rate of 4,200 rounds per minute.
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^ In the original design, the pilot could switch between two rates of fire: 2,100 or 4,200 rounds per minute; this was changed to a fixed rate of 3,900 rounds per minute.
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^ One of the most powerful aircraft cannon ever flown, it fires large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells at a rate of 3,900 rounds per minute.
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[42] .The cannon takes about half a second to come up to speed, so 50 rounds are fired during the first second, 65 or 70 rounds per second thereafter.^ The cannon takes about half a second to come up to speed, so 50 rounds are fired during the first second, 65 or 70 rounds per second thereafter.
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^ The cannon fires at a rate of 4,200 rounds per minute.
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^ One of the most powerful aircraft cannon ever flown, it fires large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells at a rate of 3,900 rounds per minute.
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.The gun is precise; it can place 80% of its shots within a 40-foot (12.4 m) circle from 4,000 feet (1,220 m) while in flight.^ The gun is so precise that it can place 80% of its shots within a 40-foot circle from 4,000 feet while in flight.
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^ The gun is consistently accurate; it can place 80% of its shots within a 40-foot (12.4 m) circle from 4,000 feet (1,220 m) while in flight.
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^ The GAU-8 is optimized for a slant range of 4,000 feet (1,220 m) with the A-10 in a 30 degree dive.
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[43] .The GAU-8 is optimized for a slant range of 4,000 feet (1,220 m) with the A-10 in a 30 degree dive.^ So that's about the distance, a 15,000 feet slant range.
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^ The GAU-8 is optimized for a slant range of 4,000 feet (1,220 m) with the A-10 in a 30 degree dive.
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^ The gun is loaded by Syn-Tech's linked tube carrier GFU-7/E 30 mm ammunition loading assembly cart; a vehicle unique to the A-10 and GAU-8.
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[44]
Another view of the A-10's GAU-8 installation
.The fuselage of the aircraft is built around the gun.^ The fuselage of the aircraft is built around the gun.
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^ The fuselage of the plane is actually built around the gun.

^ A10A Thunderbolt Poster Literally built around a Gatling gun that can fire 3,900 rounds per minute, the A-10A is the most deadly ground attack aircraft ever deployed.
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[45] .For example, the nose wheel is offset to the right so that the gun's firing barrel at the 9 o'clock position is aligned on the aircraft's centerline.^ For example, the nose wheel is offset to the right so that the gun's firing barrel at the 9 o'clock position is aligned on the aircraft's centerline.
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^ The fuselage of the aircraft is actually built around the gun, with the nose wheel offset to the right so that the gun's firing barrel, at the 9 o'clock position, is aligned on the aircraft's centerline.
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^ Because of the close proximity of the front landing gear and the A-10's main cannon, the landing gear is offset to the aircraft's right and cannon slightly to the left (see schematic below).
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.The gun's ammunition drum can hold up to 1,350 rounds of 30 mm ammunition,[46] but generally holds 1,174 rounds.^ The A-10 carries 1,350 rounds of 30 mm ammunition.

^ The gun's drum holds 1,174 rounds of 30 mm ammunition.
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^ The 1,174-round drums were reinforced.
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[44] .The damage caused by rounds firing prematurely due to impact of an explosive shell would be catastrophic, so a great deal of effort has been taken to protect the 5 feet 11.5 inch (1.816 m) long drum.^ It is for this reason that a great deal of effort has been taken to protect the 5 ft (1.52 m) wide, 9 ft (2.74 m) long drum.
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^ The damage caused by a portion of those rounds firing prematurely due to impact of an explosive shell would be catastrophic.
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^ One of the most powerful aircraft cannon ever flown, it fires large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells at a rate of 3,900 rounds per minute.
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[46] .There are many armor plates of differing thicknesses between the aircraft skin and the drum, to detonate an incoming shell before it reaches the drum.^ As the drum has many layers of thin armor, the shell's detonation is triggered before reaching the drum.
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^ There are many plates of differing thicknesses between the skin and the drum.
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^ An unusual feature is that many of the aircraft's parts are interchangeable between the left and right sides, including the engines, main landing gear, and vertical stabilizers.
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[34] .A final layer of armor around the drum itself protects it from fragmentation damage.^ A final layer of armor around the drum itself protects it from fragmentation damage.
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^ To protect the pilot from the fragmentation likely to be created from impact of a shell any interior surface of the tub that is directly exposed to the pilot is covered by a multi-layer Kevlar spall shield.
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^ As the drum has many layers of thin armor, the shell's detonation is triggered before reaching the drum.
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.The gun is loaded by Syn-Tech's linked tube carrier GFU-7/E 30 mm ammunition loading assembly cart; a vehicle unique to the A-10, the only aircraft that is armed with the GAU-8 cannon.^ The gun is loaded by Syn-Tech's linked tube carrier GFU-7/E 30 mm ammunition loading assembly cart; a vehicle unique to the A-10 and GAU-8.
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^ The A-10 carries 1,350 rounds of 30 mm ammunition.

^ The gun's drum holds 1,174 rounds of 30 mm ammunition.
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A-10 Thunderbolt II, fully loaded
.Another commonly used weapon is the AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missile, with different variations for either electro-optical (TV-guided) or infra-red targeting.^ A-10 Thunderbolt II fully loaded with armaments in flight Another commonly used weapon is the AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missile, with electro-optical targeting.

^ Another commonly used weapon is the AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missile, with different variations for either electro-optical (TV-guided) or infra-red targeting.
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^ BLU-109 penetrating bombs, Mark 84 general purpose bombs, AGM-65 Maverick, AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles are pre-positioned for quick loading onto aircraft near the runway at Ahmed Al-Jaber Air Base, Kuwait, on March 6, 1998.
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.The Maverick allows targets to be engaged at much greater ranges than the cannon, a safer proposition in the face of modern anti-aircraft systems.^ The Maverick allows targets to be engaged at much greater ranges than the cannon, a safer proposition in the face of modern anti-aircraft systems.
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^ The newest blocks incorporate the high-speed anti-radiation missile targeting system, the Air Force's only platform specifically for the suppression of enemy air defenses.
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^ The F-14 also had the LANTIRN targeting system that allows delivery of various laser-guided bombs for precision strikes in air-to-ground combat missions.
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.During Desert Storm, in the absence of dedicated forward-looking infrared cameras, the Maverick's infra-red camera was used for night missions as a "poor man's FLIR".[47] Other weapons include cluster bombs and Hydra rocket pods.^ A-10 using cluster bombs .
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^ Photographic missions, Near InfraRed, and Side Looking Airborne radar (SLAR), were the tasking of the OV-1, and RV-1D models flew Electronic Intel (ELINT) missions.
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^ It was designed especially for the close air support mission and had the ability to combine large military loads, long loiter and wide combat radius, which proved to be vital assets to America and its allies during Operation Desert Storm.
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[48] .Although the A-10 is equipped to carry laser-guided bombs, their use is relatively uncommon.^ The digitally upgraded A-10 is equipped with satellite-guided precision weaponry and advanced communications data links for transferring information with ground-based warfighters.
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^ The B-52s are used extensively in the current war because they carry a much heavier load of bombs and are not at risk of being shot down.
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^ Although the A-10 is equipped to deliver laser-guided bombs, their use is relatively uncommon; at the low altitudes and speeds of typical A-10 operations, standard unguided bombs provide adequate accuracy at far lower cost.
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[49] .The A-10 has not been equipped with weapon control systems for accurate bombing.^ The A-10 has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and is a highly accurate weapons-delivery aircraft.
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^ Sunset schedules can be impacted by a statutory prohibition (10 U.S.C. 2244a) on making modifications to a weapon system within five years of its planned retirement.
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^ In 2005, the entire A-10 fleet also began receiving upgrades that would result in redesignation to the "C" model that will include improved fire control system (FCS), electronic countermeasures (ECM), and the ability to carry smart bombs.
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[50] .A-10s usually fly with an ALQ-131 ECM pod under one wing and two AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles under the other wing for self-defense.^ A-10s usually fly with an ALQ-131 ECM pod under one wing and two AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles under the other for self-defense.
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^ The newest blocks incorporate the high-speed anti-radiation missile targeting system, the Air Force's only platform specifically for the suppression of enemy air defenses.
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^ They did, however, send single-sheet flyers of both the AIM-9M Sidewinder and AGM-65 Maverick missiles.

[51]

Modernization

.The A-10 Precision Engagement Modification Program will update 356 A-10/OA-10s to the A-10C variant with a new flight computer, new glass cockpit displays and controls, two new 5.5-inch (140 mm) color displays with moving map function and an integrated digital stores management system.^ The A-10 has two hydraulic flight control systems, backed up by a manual flight control system.
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^ Precision Engagement modernizes cockpit controls and upgrade avionics and weapons.
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^ The A-10 Precision Engagement Modification Program is an estimated US$420 million program that will see 356 A-10s upgraded with a new flight computer, new glass cockpit displays and controls, two new 5.5 inch color displays with moving map function and an integrated digital stores management system.
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[52][53]
.Other funded improvements to the A-10 fleet include a new data link, the ability to employ smart weapons such as the Joint Direct Attack Munition ("JDAM") and Wind Corrected Munitions Dispensor, and the ability to carry an integrated targeting pod such as the Northrop Grumman LITENING targeting pod or the Lockheed Martin Sniper XR Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP).^ Other funded improvements to the A-10 fleet include a new data link, the ability to employ smart weapons such as the JDAM and Wind Corrected Munitions Dispensor, and the ability to carry an integrated targeting pod such as the Northrop Grumman LITENING targeting pod or the Lockheed Martin Sniper XR Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP).
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^ This photo history covers attack planes in all branches of the U.S. arsenal since the 1991 Gulf War, including aircraft such as the F-117 Stealth, the A-10 Tankbuster and the AV-8B Harrier II. There's also a review of laser-guided bombs, anti-ship and close air support missiles, JDAM and other weapons.
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^ The Thunderbolt II can employ a wide variety of conventional munitions, including general purpose bombs, cluster bomb units, laser guided bombs, joint direct attack munitions or JDAM), wind corrected munitions dispenser or WCMD, AGM-65 Maverick and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, rockets, illumination flares, and the GAU-8/A 30mm cannon, capable of firing 3,900 rounds per minute to defeat a wide variety of targets including tanks.
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.Also included is the ROVER or remotely operated video enhanced receiver to provide sensor data to personnel on the ground.^ Also included is the ROVER or remotely operated video enhanced receiver to provide sensor data to personnel on the ground.
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[23]

Operational history

A-10 Thunderbolt II firing off an AGM-65 on one of the Eglin AFB weapons ranges.
.The first unit to receive the A-10 Thunderbolt II was the 355th Tactical Training Wing, based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona in March 1976. The first unit to achieve full combat-readiness was the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing at Myrtle Beach AFB, South Carolina in 1978. Deployments of A-10As followed at bases both at home and abroad, including England AFB, Louisiana, Eielson AFB, Alaska, Osan Air Base, South Korea, and RAF Bentwaters/RAF Woodbridge, England.^ Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, to prepare it for its base coat of paint.
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^ A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthog section.
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^ Tagged: A-10 Thunderbolt II ("Warthog") • Military aviation • A-10 Thunderbolt II • Fighters • US Air Force Four A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., fly in formation over Arizona April 29.
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.The 81st TFW of RAF Bentwaters/RAF Woodbridge operated rotating detachments of A-10s at four bases in Germany known as Forward Operating Locations (FOLs): Leipheim, Sembach Air Base, Nörvenich, and Ahlhorn.^ The 81st TFW of RAF Bentwaters/RAF Woodbridge operated rotating detachments of A-10s at four bases in Germany known as Forward Operating Locations (FOLs): Leipheim, Sembach Air Base, Nörvenich, and Ahlhorn.
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^ Deployments of A-10As followed at bases both at home and abroad, including England AFB, Louisiana, Eielson AFB, Alaska, Osan Air Base, Korea, and RAF Bentwaters/RAF Woodbridge, England.
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^ Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, used heavily in the Gulf War, rapidly became the hub of activity for Operation Provide Comfort.
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[54]
.A-10s were initially an unwelcome addition to many in the Air Force.^ A-10s were initially an unwelcome addition to the arsenal in the eyes of Air Force brass.
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^ In addition, two Air Force aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
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^ In the 1990s many A-10s were shifted to the forward air control (FAC) role and redesignated OA-10.
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.Most pilots switching to the A-10 did not want to because of fighter pilots traditionally favoring speed and appearance.^ The Air Force does not want the A-10 because they can't bomb things with it.
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^ "I chose the A-10 because of the missions we fly, and the A-10 community -- from the pilots to those turning wrenches on the flight line," he said.
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^ Would you want to upgrade strike fighters to match the capabilities of helicopters, or would you want to upgrade the A-10 design and role to exceed all past ground attack capabilities?
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[55] .In 1987, many A-10s were shifted to the forward air control (FAC) role and redesignated OA-10.[4] In the FAC role the OA-10 is typically equipped with up to six pods of 2.75 inch (70 mm) Hydra rockets, usually with smoke or white phosphorus warheads used for target marking.^ In the 1990s many A-10s were shifted to the forward air control (FAC) role and redesignated OA-10.
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^ A-10s used primarily in this role are designated OA-10.
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^ A-10s provide close-air support and airborne forward air control.
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.OA-10s are physically unchanged and remain fully combat capable despite the redesignation.^ OA-10s remain fully combat capable despite the redesignation.
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^ In the 1990s many A-10s were shifted to the forward air control (FAC) role and redesignated OA-10.
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[56]

Gulf War

USAF A-10A during Desert Storm with Pave Penny pod under front fuselage.
.The A-10 saw combat for the first time during the Gulf War in 1991, destroying more than 900 Iraqi tanks, 2,000 military vehicles, and 1,200 artillery pieces.^ By the time the war was over, more than 31,000 rounds of 30mm.
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^ The A-10 saw combat for the first time during the Gulf War in 1991, destroying more than 900 Iraqi tanks, 2,000 military vehicles, and 1,200 artillery pieces.
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^ The first of these occurred on February 6, 1991 when Captain Robert Swain shot down an Iraqi helicopter over Kuwait marking the A-10's first air-air victory.
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.A-10s shot down two Iraqi helicopters with the GAU-8 gun.^ A-10s shot down two Iraqi helicopters with the GAU-8 gun.
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^ The first of these occurred on February 6, 1991 when Captain Robert Swain shot down an Iraqi helicopter over Kuwait marking the A-10's first air-air victory.
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^ In mid-May, the tense nature of the situation was revealed when an A-10 and an F-16 were taken under fire by Iraqi anti-aircraft guns in two separate incidents.
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.The first of these occurred on 6 February 1991 when Captain Robert Swain shot down an Iraqi helicopter over Kuwait marking the A-10's first air-to-air victory.^ A-10s shot down two Iraqi helicopters with the GAU-8 gun.
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^ The first of these occurred on February 6, 1991 when Captain Robert Swain shot down an Iraqi helicopter over Kuwait marking the A-10's first air-air victory.
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^ The first production A-10 flew in October 1975, and deliveries to the Air Force commenced in March 1976 to units at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.
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[57] .Four A-10s were shot down during the war, all by surface-to-air missiles.^ Seven A-10s were shot down during the war.
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^ The first of these occurred on February 6, 1991 when Captain Robert Swain shot down an Iraqi helicopter over Kuwait marking the A-10's first air-air victory.
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^ The B-52s are used extensively in the current war because they carry a much heavier load of bombs and are not at risk of being shot down.
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[58] .A-10s had a mission capable rate of 95.7%, flew 8,100 sorties, and launched 90% of the AGM-65 Maverick missiles fired in the conflict.^ A-10s had a mission capable rate of 95.7%, flew 8,100 sorties, and launched 90% of the AGM-65 Maverick missiles fired in the conflict.
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^ In the Gulf War, A-10s had a mission capable rate of 95.7 percent, flew 8,100 sorties and launched 90 percent of the AGM-65 Maverick missiles.
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^ In the Gulf War, A-10s, with a mission capable rate of 95.7 percent, flew 8,100 sorties and launched 90 percent of the AGM-65 Maverick missiles.
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[59] Shortly after the Gulf War, the Air Force gave up on the idea of replacing the A-10 with a close air support version of the F-16.[60]

Bosnia and Kosovo

An A-10A during a NATO Operation Allied Force mission
.U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft fired approximately 10,000 30 mm DU rounds in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1994-1995. Following the seizure of some heavy weapons by Bosnian Serbs from a warehouse in Ilidza, a series of sorties were launched to locate and destroy the captured equipment.^ A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthog section.
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^ Following the seizure of some heavy weapons by Bosnian Serbs from a warehouse in Ilidza, a series of sorties were launched to locate and destroy the captured equipment.
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^ Eighth Air Force (1995) .
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.On 5 August 1994, two A-10s located and strafed one of the pieces, a World War II-era M18 tank destroyer.^ On August 5, two A-10s located and strafed one of the pieces, a WWII-era M-18 tank destroyer.
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^ The A-10's official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support.
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^ Waging Modern War by General Wesley Clark is highly recommended, as is the August 2001 issue of Flight Journal , with its "A-10s Over Kosovo" article.
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.Following the attack, which was believed to have been successful, the Serbs returned the remaining heavy weapons.^ Following the attack, which was believed to have been successful, the Serbs returned the remaining heavy weapons.
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^ Following the seizure of some heavy weapons by Bosnian Serbs from a warehouse in Ilidza, a series of sorties were launched to locate and destroy the captured equipment.
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.A-10s entered the picture a little over a month later as well, when a OA-10 and two RAF Jaguars attacked a Serb tank located within the identified 20-mile "exclusion zone" around Sarajevo.^ A-10s entered the picture a little over a month later as well, when a OA/10 and two RAF Jaguars (presumably controlled by the OA-10 FAC) attacked a Serb tank located within the identified 20 mile "exclusion zone" around Sarajevo.
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^ A-10s flew some of the last missions of the conflict, attacking Serb artillery on the 9th.
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^ Speaking of targets, A-10s were involved in strikes against more and more armor units, as hiding locations were identified.
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.March 2010" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] In August 1995, NATO launched an offensive called Operation Deliberate Force.^ Operation Deliberate Force (29 August - 15 September 1995) .
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^ On August 30, 1995, NATO launched Operation Deliberate Force, an eleven-day air campaign aimed at about 50 Bosnian Serb positions.
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^ [End of table] Two important factors in sizing and shaping forces are the types of forces and systems needed (capabilities) and the overall size of the force to meet operational demands (capacity).
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.A-10s flew close air support missions, attacking Serbian artillery, and positions.^ A-10s flew some of the last missions of the conflict, attacking Serb artillery on the 9th.
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^ The A-10's official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support.
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^ With the Hindu-Kush Mountains of Afghanistan looming in the background, a squadron of USAF A-10 "Warthogs" taxis for take-off from Bagram AFB on a mission to provide close air support for Army Special Forces searching for the Taliban.
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.In late September, A-10s began flying patrols again.^ In addition to flying patrols inside the no-fly zone, A-10s have guided in retaliatory strikes and launched attacks of their own.
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^ Additionally, several A-10s had been previously redeployed from operations over Iraq, where they had been flying patrols over the no-fly zone there.
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[61]
.A-10s returned to the region as part of Operation Allied Force in Kosovo beginning in March 1999.[61] On 27 March 1999, an F-117 Nighthawk was downed by Serbian air defenses about 25 miles from Belgrade.^ Operation Allied Force (March 24 - June 20, 1999) .
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^ Hogs to the Rescue - CSAR over Yugoslavia On March 27, 1999, an F-117 Nighthawk "stealth fighter" was downed by Serbian air defenses about 25 miles from Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia.
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^ A-10s again saw service in the 1999 Kosovo War, in the later stages of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan in March 2002 and in the 2003 Iraq war.
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.As soon as word came that the pilot was down behind enemy lines, search and rescue team of three MH-53 Pave Low helicopters were called in and escorted by two A-10s.^ It was a night of terrible weather, but as soon as word came that the pilot was down behind enemy lines, a three-helicopter search and rescue team headed by Capt.
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^ James L. Cardoso in a MH-53 Pave Low helicopter scrambled from their base in Croatia.
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^ A-10s shot down two Iraqi helicopters with the GAU-8 gun.
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[citation needed]
.On 6 April 1999, A-10s, along with aircraft from the USS Roosevelt, participated in strikes in the southwest part of Kosovo against nearly 30 targets.^ That official line....that the A-10s were being used solely for observation, FAC, and CSAR, continued until April 7, when it was announced that in the previous 24 hours, A-10s, along with aircraft from the USS Roosevelt, participated in strikes in the southwest part of Kosovo against a set of nearly 30 targets.
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^ A-10s again saw service in the 1999 Kosovo War, in the later stages of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan in March 2002 and in the 2003 Iraq war.
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^ It was also made known that a portion of southwest Kosovo was now called "The Hog Pen," where A-10s were doing the bulk of the work of attacked armored targets, both as AFACs and the actual strike aircraft.
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.As NATO felt comfortable that the Serbian air defense system was being eroded, the Warthogs began to see more and more ground attack missions tasked their way.^ As NATO felt comfortable that the Serbian air defense system was being eroded, the Warthogs began to see more and more ground attack missions tasked their way.
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^ The newest blocks incorporate the high-speed anti-radiation missile targeting system, the Air Force's only platform specifically for the suppression of enemy air defenses.
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^ The Air Force is implementing a modernization and reliability improvement program and plans to invest another $6.3 billion to develop and integrate more robust ground attack, intelligence-gathering, and other new capabilities.
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.March 2010" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] A-10s remained until combat ended in mid-June.^ OA-10s remain fully combat capable despite the redesignation.
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Afghanistan and Iraq Wars

During the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, A-10s did not take part in the initial stages. .For the campaign against Taliban and Al Qaeda, A-10 squadrons were deployed to Pakistan and Bagram, Afghanistan beginning in March 2002. These A-10s participated in Operation Anaconda.^ With the Hindu-Kush Mountains of Afghanistan looming in the background, a squadron of USAF A-10 "Warthogs" taxis for take-off from Bagram AFB on a mission to provide close air support for Army Special Forces searching for the Taliban.
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^ The most notable of these was a short air campaign in late 1998 called Operation Desert Fox.
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^ Mechanics at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan have figured out a way to dramatically cut phase maintenance time on A-10 Thunderbolt II jets.
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Afterwards, A-10s remained in-country, fighting Taliban and Al Qaeda remnants.[62]
.Operation Iraqi Freedom began on 20 March 2003. Sixty OA-10/A-10 aircraft took part in early combat there.^ An Idaho Air National Guard A-10, Thunderbolt II, from the 124th Wing at Boise, Idaho, takes off from the Whiteman runway May 6, as part of a deployment with the 442nd Fighter Wing to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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^ The A-10 Thunderbolt II and its aircrew performed well in the conflict, under much less than optimum conditions and performing mission that were never part of the aircraft's design.
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^ Operation Allied Force (March 24 - June 20, 1999) .
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[63] .United States Air Forces Central issued Operation Iraqi Freedom: By the Numbers, a declassified report about the aerial campaign in the conflict on 30 April 2003. The A-10s had a mission capable rate of 85% in the war, and fired 311,597 rounds of 30 mm ammunition.^ The A-10 had a mission capable rate of 85% in the war, and fired 311,597 rounds of 30 mm ammunition.
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^ On 30 April 2003, USCENTAF issued Operation Iraqi Freedom: By the Numbers, a declassified report about the aerial campaign in the conflict.
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^ The gun's drum holds 1,174 rounds of 30 mm ammunition.
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.A single A-10 was shot down near Baghdad International Airport by Iraqi fire late in the campaign.^ Sixty A-10s were deployed in Iraq; one was shot down near Baghdad International Airport by Iraqi fire late in the campaign.
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^ The first of these occurred on February 6, 1991 when Captain Robert Swain shot down an Iraqi helicopter over Kuwait marking the A-10's first air-air victory.
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^ A-10s shot down two Iraqi helicopters with the GAU-8 gun.
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.The A-10 also flew 32 missions in which the aircraft dropped propaganda leaflets over Iraq.^ The A-10 Thunderbolt II and its aircrew performed well in the conflict, under much less than optimum conditions and performing mission that were never part of the aircraft's design.
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^ The A-10 has played a role disproportionate to the small numbers of Warthogs stationed in the region, and have even widened the scope of missions performed by the aircraft and its aircrew.
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^ Twenty-eight Air Force and Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq.
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.The A-10C first deployed to Iraq in the third quarter of 2007 with the 104th Fighter Squadron of the Maryland Air National Guard.^ The A-10C first deployed to Iraq in the third quarter of 2007 with the 104th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron of the Maryland Air National Guard.
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^ Pruitt is deployed from the 81st Fighter Squadron.

^ The squadron is deployed to Bagram Air Base.

.The jets include the Precision Engagement Upgrade.^ The jets include the Precision Engagement Upgrade.
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^ Precision Engagement modernizes cockpit controls and upgrade avionics and weapons.
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[65] .The A-10C's digital avionics and communications systems have greatly reduced the time to acquire a close air support target and attack it.^ The A-10C's digital avionics and communications systems have greatly reduced the time to acquire a close air support target and attack it.
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^ McPeak would like the USAF to take over the US Army Patriot and long range Tactical Missile System (TACMS) which engage targets well beyond the Fire Support Coordination Line (FSCL) in exchange for fixed wing aviation for the Army to do its own Close Air Support.
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^ The A-10's official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support.
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.The A-10 is scheduled to stay in service with the USAF until 2028 and possibly later,[67] when it may be replaced by the F-35 Lightning II.^ The A-10 is scheduled to stay in service with the USAF until 2028 and possibly later, when it may be replaced by the F-35 Lightning II. The entire A-10 fleet is currently undergoing upgrades.
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^ The A-10 is scheduled to stay in service with the USAF until 2028.
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^ The A-10 was clearly being used in its niche' - killing tanks, a role that it stayed focused on until the end of the war.
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[19] .The A-10 fleet is currently undergoing upgrades.^ The A-10 is scheduled to stay in service with the USAF until 2028 and possibly later, when it may be replaced by the F-35 Lightning II. The entire A-10 fleet is currently undergoing upgrades.
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^ The Air Force is pursuing several major modifications to upgrade systems and structures on the A-10 fleet.
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Variants

A new A-10C arrives at Davis-Monthan AFB, 29 November 2006
YA-10A 
Pre-production variant. 12 were built.[68]
A-10A 
Single-seat close air support, ground-attack version.
OA-10A 
A-10As used for airborne forward air control.
YA-10B Night/Adverse Weather
Two-seat experimental prototype, for work at night and in bad weather. The one YA-10B prototype was conversion from a A-10A.[69]
A-10C 
A-10As updated under the incremental Precision Engagement (PE) program.[23]

Operators

An A-10 Thunderbolt II banks left after refueling
.The A-10 has been flown exclusively by the United States Air Force and its Air Reserve Components, the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) and the Air National Guard (ANG).^ The A-10C first deployed to Iraq in the third quarter of 2007 with the 104th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron of the Maryland Air National Guard.
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^ U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender tanker pilot Capt.

^ BC (cn A10-0691 ) 110 Fighter Wing, Michigan Air National Guard .
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The USAF operated a total of 353 A-10 and OA-10 aircraft (196 in active duty, 106 in ANG, and 51 in AFRC, all variants) as of September 2007.[70]
.As of 2008, 20 squadrons operate the A-10 or its OA-10 variant (nine USAF, six ANG, and five AFRC).^ By: Mario Stevens on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 20:16 .
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^ USAF Crew Chief and Pilot at Aviano AB ready an A-10 for an Operation Deliberate Forge mission over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Feb.
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United States Air Force
Four A-10s of the 111th Fighter Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, fly in formation during a refueling mission.
Air National Guard
Air Force Reserve Command

Former operators

United States Air Force
Air Force Reserve Command
Air National Guard

Specifications (A-10A)

Line drawing of the A-10
A-10 close-up
A-10 30 mm GAU-8 Gatling gun
The Pave Penny pod

Data from The Great Book of Modern Warplanes,[71] Fairchild-Republic A/OA-10[72]

General characteristics
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 53 ft 4 in (16.26 m)
  • Wingspan: 57 ft 6 in (17.53 m)
  • Height: 14 ft 8 in (4.47 m)
  • Wing area: 506 ft² (47.0 m²)
  • Airfoil: NACA 6716 root, NACA 6713 tip
  • Empty weight: 24,959 lb (11,321 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 30,384 lb (13,782 kg)) On CAS mission: 47,094 lb (21,361 kg)
    On anti-armor mission: 42,071 lb (19,083 kg
  • Max takeoff weight: 50,000 lb (23,000 kg)
  • Powerplant:General Electric TF34-GE-100A turbofans, 9,065 lbf (40.32 kN) each
Performance
Armament
Avionics
.
  • AN/AAS-35(V) Pave Penny laser tracker pod[77] (mounted beneath right side of cockpit) for use with Paveway LGBs
  • HUD for improved technical flying and air-to-ground support.^ Twelve O/A-10s flying out of Aviano provided a respectable ground attack force, and in fact only the F-16 and F/A-18 were used in larger numbers.
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    ^ After Merc identifies the target, the two flights confirm the location by Merc lasing the target so Haun can confirm it with their Pave Penny pod.
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    ^ The wing flies to Cannon Range virtually every day to ensure its pilots stay proficient in the close-air support mission the A-10 was designed for.
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    See video.[78]
Firing the 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger cannon

Nicknames

.The A-10 Thunderbolt II received its popular nickname "Warthog" from the pilots and crews of the USAF attack squadrons who flew and maintained it.^ A-10 Thunderbolt II USAF 706th TFS .

^ A-10 Thunderbolt II Pilot's Flight Manual By United States Air Force Paperback: $34.95 Ships in 3–5 business days This item has not been rated yet The Fairchild-Republic A-10 may be designated as the Thunderbolt II, but it’s better known by its descriptive nickname: the Warthog.
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^ Tagged: A-10 Thunderbolt II ("Warthog") • Military aviation • A-10 Thunderbolt II • Fighters • US Air Force 1990's -- An A-10 Thunderbolt II takes off on a mission against targets in Yugoslavia.
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.The A-10 is the last of Republic's jet attack aircraft to serve with the USAF. The Republic F-84 Thunderjet was nicknamed the "Hog", F-84F Thunderstreak nicknamed "Superhog", and the Republic F-105 Thunderchief tagged "Ultra Hog".[3] A less common nickname is the "Tankbuster".[79] The saying Go Ugly Early has been associated with the aircraft in reference to calling in the A-10 early in combat.^ That is the motto of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, 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 of ground forces by attacking tanks, armored vehicles and other ground targets.
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^ Most of the combat sorties have not involved the A-10, but instead F-16CJ Wild Weasels, F-15E Strike Eagles, or RAF attack aircraft.
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^ The A-10 Thunderbolt II and its aircrew performed well in the conflict, under much less than optimum conditions and performing mission that were never part of the aircraft's design.
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Colors and markings

.Since the A-10 flies low to the ground and at subsonic speed, aircraft camouflage is important to make the aircraft more difficult to see.^ The A-10 has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and is a highly accurate weapons-delivery aircraft.
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^ As NATO felt comfortable that the Serbian air defense system was being eroded, the Warthogs began to see more and more ground attack missions tasked their way.
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^ In the case of an A-10 flying in the FAC role, the difficult terrain below, the relatively poor high altitude performance of the aircraft, the lack of sophisticated sensors on board, and the small, hard-to-find targets below made the task especially difficult.
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Many different types of paint schemes have been tried. .These have included a "peanut scheme" of sand, yellow and field drab; black and white colors for winter operations and a tan, green and brown mixed pattern.^ It is available in three different color schemes: a green camo scheme, a desert camo scheme and a Black Lightning scheme that is based on real A-10s from the 103rd Fighter Wing of the Connecticut Air National Guard.
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^ BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter lands in a landing zone during a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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The two most common markings applied to the A-10 have been the European I woodland camouflage scheme and a two-tone gray scheme. .The European woodland scheme was designed to minimise visibility from above, as the threat from hostile fighter aircraft was felt to outweigh that from groundfire.^ Even about six months after the end of open hostilities, the threat to NATO aircraft, especially low-flying A-10s, was a very real one.
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It uses dark green, medium green and dark grey in order to blend in with the typical European forest terrain and was used from the 1980s to the early 1990s. .Following the end of the Cold War, and based on experience during the 1991 Gulf War, the air-to-air threat was no longer seen to be as important as that from ground fire, and a new color scheme, known as "Compass Ghost" was chosen to minimise visibility from below.^ It is available in three different color schemes: a green camo scheme, a desert camo scheme and a Black Lightning scheme that is based on real A-10s from the 103rd Fighter Wing of the Connecticut Air National Guard.
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^ Poor weather at times severely restricted visibility for the attacking aircraft, and low clouds and deep valleys below made low-level attacks perilous and put crews at much higher risk to ground fire.
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^ Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, used heavily in the Gulf War, rapidly became the hub of activity for Operation Provide Comfort.
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.This two-tone gray scheme has darker gray color on top, with the lighter gray on the underside of the aircraft, and started to be applied from the early 1990s.^ However, because of post-Cold War plans to retire the aircraft starting in the early 1990s, the A-10 fleet received no money for major modifications or programmed depot maintenance during the 1990s.
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Many A-10s also have a "false" canopy painted in dark gray on the underside of the aircraft, just behind the gun. This form of automimicry is an attempt to confuse the enemy as to aircraft attitude and maneuver direction.[83][84]

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References

Notes
  1. ^ a b John Pike. "A-10/OA-10 Thunderbolt II". Globalsecurity.org. http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/a-10-history.htm. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Operation Desert Storm: Evaluation of the Air Campaign, GAO/NSIAD-97-134 Appendix IV." U.S. General Accounting Office, U.S. Air Force, 12 June 1997. Retrieved: 5 March 2010.
  3. ^ a b Jenkins 1998, pp. 4, backcover.
  4. ^ a b Jenkins 1998, p. 63.
  5. ^ a b c d e Coram 2004
  6. ^ a b Donald and March 2004, p. 8.
  7. ^ Jenkins 1998, p. 12.
  8. ^ Jenkins 1998, pp. 16–17.
  9. ^ Jenkins 1998, p. 19.
  10. ^ Jenkins 1998, pp. 18, 20.
  11. ^ Spick 2000, p. 18.
  12. ^ Jenkins 1998, p. 21.
  13. ^ "Republic Night/Adverse Weather A-10". USAF National Museum. http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=3206. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  14. ^ Bamford, Steve. "N/AW A-10 Warthog." Aircraftresourcecenter.com, 24 October 2006. Retrieved: 4 March 2010.
  15. ^ Spick 2000, pp. 52–55.
  16. ^ Spick 2000, pp. 48–49.
  17. ^ Donald and March 2004, p. 46.
  18. ^ Jensen, David. "All New Warthog." Avionics Magazine, 1 December 2005.
  19. ^ a b Tirpak, John A. "Making the Best of the Fighter Force." Air Force magazine, Vol. 90, no. 3, March 2007.
  20. ^ "Boeing Awarded $2 Billion A-10 Wing Contract". Boeing, 29 June 2007.
  21. ^ "A Higher-Tech Hog: The A-10C PE Program". Defense Industry Daily. 30 June 2008. http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/2007/06/a-highertech-hog-the-a10c-pe-program/index.php. Retrieved 5 March 2010. 
  22. ^ Bill Orndorff (18 January 2008). "Maintenance unit completes upgrade of 100th A-10". U.S. Air Force. http://www.af.mil/news/story_print.asp?id=123082873. Retrieved 5 March 2010. 
  23. ^ a b c Schanz, Marc V. (June 2008). "Not Fade Away". Air Force Magazine. http://www.airforce-magazine.com/MagazineArchive/Pages/2008/June%202008/0608fade.aspx. Retrieved 5 March 2010. 
  24. ^ Stephens World Air Power Journal Spring 1994, pp. 42–43.
  25. ^ Air International, May 1974, p. 224.
  26. ^ Drendel 1981, p. 12.
  27. ^ Stephens World Air Power Journal Spring 1994, p. 64.
  28. ^ a b Taylor 1982, pp. 363–364.
  29. ^ Jenkins 1998, p. 58.
  30. ^ Explanation: With the inner wheel on a turn stopped, the minimum radius of the turn is dictated by the distance between the inner wheel and the nose wheel. Since the distance is less between the right main wheel and the nose gear than the same measurement on the left, the aircraft can turn more tightly to the right. Differing radii is simple geometry.
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  33. ^ a b Jenkins 1998, pp. 47, 49.
  34. ^ a b c d Air International June 1979, p. 270.
  35. ^ Haag, Jason. "Wounded Warthog: an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot safely landed her "Warthog" after it sustained significant damage from enemy fire." Combat Edge, April 2004.
  36. ^ "Capt. Kim Campbell." stripes.com. Retrieved: 8 March 2010.
  37. ^ General Richard Myers speech." U.S. Air Force. Retrieved: 8 March 2010.
  38. ^ Bell 1986, p. 64.
  39. ^ Wilson 1976, p. 714.
  40. ^ "GAU-8 Avenger". Fas.org. http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/equip/gau-8.htm. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  41. ^ Stephens 1995, p. 18.
  42. ^ TCTO 1A-10-1089, Flight manual TO 1A-10A-1 (20 February 2003, Change 8), page vi, 1-150A.
  43. ^ Sweetman 1987, p. 46.
  44. ^ a b Jenkins 1998, pp. 64–73.
  45. ^ "The A-10 Thunderbolt II." Plane-crazy.net. Retrieved: 5 March 2010.
  46. ^ a b Spick 2000, p. 44.
  47. ^ Stephens World Air Power Journal Spring 1994, pp. 53–54.
  48. ^ Stephens World Air Power Journal Spring 1994, pp. 54–56.
  49. ^ Stephens World Air Power Journal Spring 1994, p. 57.
  50. ^ Spick 2000, p. 48.
  51. ^ Stephens World Air Power Journal Spring 1994, p. 53.
  52. ^ "GAO-07-415: Tactical Aircraft, DOD Needs a Joint and Integrated Investment Strategy." US Government Accountability Office, April 2007. Retrieved: 5 March 2010.
  53. ^ "A Higher-Tech Hog: The A-10C PE Program." Defense Industry Daily, 5 February 2009. Retrieved: 5 March 2010.
  54. ^ Jenkins 1998, pp. 56–59.
  55. ^ Campbell 2003, pp. 117, 175–183.
  56. ^ Stephens World Air Power Journal Spring 1994, pp. 50, 56.
  57. ^ Coyne, James P. "Total Storm". Air Force magazine, June 1992.
  58. ^ Lee. Robin. "Fixed-wing Combat Aircraft attrition in Desert Storm." Webcom.com. Retrieved: 4 March 2010.
  59. ^ "A-10/OA-10 fact sheet." U.S. Air Force, October 2007. Retrieved: 5 March 2010.
  60. ^ "A-16 Close Air Support." F-16.net. Retrieved: 5 March 2010.
  61. ^ a b c Donald and March 2004, pp. 42–43.
  62. ^ Donald and March 2004, p. 44.
  63. ^ Donald and March 2004, pp. 44–45.
  64. ^ "30 Apr OIF by the Numbers UNCLASS.doc (pdf)." globalsecurity.org. Retrieved: 5 March 2010.
  65. ^ Maier, Staff Sgt. Markus. "Upgraded A-10s prove worth in Iraq." U.S. Air Force, 7 November 2007. Retrieved: 5 March 2010.
  66. ^ Doscher, Staff Sgt. Thomas J. "A-10C revolutionizes close air support." U.S. Air Force, 21 February 2008. Retrieved: 5 March 2010.
  67. ^ Trimble, Steven. "US Air Force may extend Fairchild A-10 life beyond 2028." Flight International, 29 August 2007. Retrieved: 5 March 2010.
  68. ^ Donald and March 2004, pp. 9–10.
  69. ^ Jenkins 1998, pp. 92–93.
  70. ^ Mehuron, Tamar A., Assoc. Editor. "USAF Almanac, Fact and Figures (PDF)." Air Force Magazine, 2008. Retrieved: 5 March 2010.
  71. ^ Spick 2000, p. 21.
  72. ^ a b c Jenkins 1998, p. 54.
  73. ^ Flight manual TO 1A-10A-1 (20 February 2003, Change 8), pp. 5–24.
  74. ^ Aalbers, Willem "Palerider". "History of the Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, Part Two." Simhq.com. Retrieved: 5 March 2010.
  75. ^ Flight Manual TO 1A-10A-1 (20 February 2003, Change 8), pp. 5–30.
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  77. ^ "Lockheed Martin AN/AAS-35(V) Pave Penny laser tracker." Jane's Electro-Optic Systems, 5 January 2009. Retrieved: 5 March 2010.
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  79. ^ "A-10 Thunderbolt (Warthog) Ground Attack Aircraft." Airforce-technology.com. Retrieved: 5 March 2010.
  80. ^ Jenkins 1998, pp. 64–65.
  81. ^ Walk Around Number 17 A-10 Warthog by Ken Neubeck. A Squadron Signal publication
  82. ^ Stephens World Air Power Journal Spring 1994, p. 47.
  83. ^ Neubeck 1999, pp. 72, 73, 76, 77.
  84. ^ Shaw 1985, p. 382.
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The A-10 Thunderbolt II (also called the Warthog)[1] is an attack aircraft made by Fairchild Aircraft. It first flew in 1972 and was introduced in 1977. It is designed to drop bombs, fire rockets, missiles, and its Gatling Gun at enemies on the ground (like tanks). It is named after the World War II P-47 Thunderbolt. It is not as fast as most military jets, but it is tough and can turn well. The A-10 is also used as a CAS (close air support) aircraft, which involves flying slowly over a target area and destroying any targets in that area.[2].

What the A-10 is like

The A-10 is 53 feet, 4 inches (16.16 meters) long, 14 feet, 8 inches (4.42 meters) high, has a wingspan of 57 feet, 6 inches (17.42 meters), can go 420 miles per hour, and can weigh 51,000 pounds (22,950 kilograms) at heaviest. It is armed with a GAU-8 Gatling gun, and can have thousands of pounds of bombs or missiles. It can also carry radar-jamming pods so it cannot be seen on radar, and chaff, which can confuse missiles fired at the A-10 [3].

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  1. "Fact file: Thunderbolt". BBC News. 2003-03-06. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2822607.stm. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  2. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/2822607.stm
  3. http://www.fighter-planes.com/info/a10.htm


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