Fairchild-Republic A-10A 'Thunderbolt II'

Notes: Close air support aircraft with short field landing and takeoff capability. Survivability increased by armor protection and redundant systems (1 CREW) .
  Base model:A-10
  Nickname:Thunderbolt II
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Attack

  Length: 53' 4" 16.2 m
  Height:17' 8" 5.3 m
  Wingspan: 57' 6" 17.5 m
  Wingarea: 506.0 sq ft 47.0 sq m
  Empty Weight: 24,959 lb 11,319 kg
  Gross Weight: 47,000 lb 21,315 kg
  Max Weight: 50,000 lb 22,675 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: General Electric TF34-GE-100
  Thrust (each): 9,065 lb 4,111 kg

  Range: 2,454 miles 3,951 km
  Cruise Speed: 345 mph 555 km/h 300 kt
  Max Speed: 518 mph 834 km/h 450 kt
  Climb: 6,000 ft/min 1,828 m/min
  Ceiling: 44,200 ft 13,472 m

Operators (Past and Present)
USAF 23d Wing Pope AFB NC
USAF 46th TW Eglin AFB FL
USAF 52d FW Spangdahlem AB GER
USAF 53d Wing Nellis AFB NV
USAF 103d FW Bradley IAP CT
USAF 104th FW Barnes MAP MA
USAF 110th FW W K Kellogg Airport MI
USAF 111th FW Willow Grove ARS PA
USAF 124th Wing Boise Air Terminal ID
USAF 175th Wing Baltimore MD
USAF 347th Wing Moody AFB GA
USAF 354th FW Eielson AFB AK
USAF 355th Wing Davis-Monthan AFB AZ
USAF 442d FW Whiteman AFB MO
USAF 917th Wing Barksdale AFB LA
USAF 926th FW NAS JRB New Orleans LA
USAF Sacramento ALC McClellan AFB CA

Known serial numbers
49-2894 / 49-2896, 73-1664 / 73-1669, 73-1670 / 73-1673, 75-0258 / 75-0309, 76-0512 / 76-0554, 77-0177 / 77-0276 , 78-0582 / 78-0725 , 79-0082 / 79-0225 , 79-0226 / 79-0243 , 80-0140 / 80-0283 , 81-0939 / 81-0998 , 82-0646 / 82-0665

Examples of this type may be found at
Connecticut ANG - 103rd FG, Windsor LocksWinsor LocksConnecticut
Davis-Monthan AFBDavis-Monthan AFBArizona
Empire State Aerosciences MuseumScotiaNew York
Grissom Air Park - Heritage Museum FoundationGrissom AFBIndiana
Massachusetts ANG - 104th FW, WestfieldWestfieldMassachusetts
McChord Air MuseumMcChord AFBWashington
McClellan Aviation MuseumMcClellan AFBCalifornia
New England Air MuseumWindsor LocksConnecticut
New York ANG - 174th FW, SyracuseSyracuse ANGBNew York
Pennsylvania ANG - 111st FG, Willow GroveWillow GrovePennsylvania
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona
Pope AFBPope AFBNorth Carolina
USAF Armament MuseumEglin AFBFlorida
USAF History and Traditions MuseumSan AntonioTexas
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

A-10A on display

Connecticut ANG - 103rd FG, Windsor Locks

Empire State Aerosciences Museum

Grissom Air Park - Heritage Museum Foundation

Massachusetts ANG - 104th FW, Westfield

McClellan Aviation Museum

New England Air Museum

New York ANG - 174th FW, Syracuse

Pima Air & Space Museum

Pope AFB

United States Air Force Museum

USAF Armament Museum

USAF History and Traditions Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Rod Greenheim
 , MI
Ahh i remember the a10 back in 91 when i flew for an attack squad in desert sheild and boy i remembe ri once took an rpg to the wing and i still flew back to base thank god i dropped my ordinace but i remember those tsnk blowing up behind me after a bomb dropped ahhh those were fun times... but now a days its still flying for us and its a good aircraft
08/01/2012 @ 10:04 [ref: 64600]
 carlos palacio
 beulaville, NC
i love the a-10 thunderbolt because it has the gau 8 avenger gattling gun agm 65 maverick missiles aim 9 sidewinder missiles cluster bombs dumb bombs rocket pods and i can remember watching predator and terminator 2 judgement day and still to this day i'm a fan of the a-10 thunderbolt god bless the air force and god bless you thunderbolt pilots
04/19/2012 @ 14:12 [ref: 55825]
 carlos palacio
 beulaville, NC
i love the a-10 thunderbolt because it has the gau 8 avenger gattling gun agm 65 maverick missiles aim 9 sidewinder missiles cluster bombs dumb bombs rocket pods and i can remember watching predator and terminator 2 judgement day and still to this day i'm a fan of the a-10 thunderboltgod bless the air force and god bless you thunderbolt pilots
04/19/2012 @ 14:09 [ref: 55824]
 Dave Weber
 Del Rio, TX
Your "Operators Past & Present" listing is missing the largest wing of A-10As outside of the continental U.S. for a past operator.

That would be the 81st TFW out of Bentwaters/Woodbridge, U.K.

Both were near Ipswich, England and there were over 100+ A-10s there during the mid '80s at the height of the Cold War.
03/26/2012 @ 07:18 [ref: 54428]
 Wayne Swiers
 Rockwell, NC
75th AMU, England AFB, LA, acft environmental systems (no longer called MA), '82-'83. From F-111Es to A-10s; thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Great mechanic's aircraft. Once put the same a/c pac in two different acft to get them off the ground and avoid "hangar queen" status due to lack of parts, then put the pac back in the original "donor" acft. No problem; all done within one shift. Also had the privelege of being the MA for an Arctic A-10 FS later in my career. Wonderful people and great aircraft.
03/24/2011 @ 09:43 [ref: 37023]
 Michael Boiko
 Londonderry, NH
The A-10 means different things to different people. I have many memories of having grown up in Farmingdale New York. Many involve listing to my Dad talk to me, my brother and Mom around the Dinner table about building their latest plane over at the "shop" I remember my family standing and watching as the very first prototype was loaded on a C5A Galaxy to begin testing out west. Thinking that after the P-47, F-105, etc..the A-10 could be the last hurrah for the aerospace industry in town...but hoping that if it was, at least it would leave a lasting positive impression.

..and I'm very happy to say it has.

My Mom and Dad still live in the same house I grew-up in in Farmingdale NY. Sometime when I visit and take a drive to where the plant was I can't help but think as I buy lumber at Home Depot. How much history was made just feet away by a group of people against all odds building a plane our nation didn't even know we needed...until the time had come and our nation was under attack...and the A-10 was finally in the right place at the right time.

There are many sides to the A-10's story some are about it's performance in battle and some are about the month to month battles to keep the project alive in those early days.
Much to the chagrin of many in Washington the A-10 is now scheduled to be in service until at least 2028 depending on how well the F-35 program goes.

Go Ugly Early...long live the A-10
10/23/2010 @ 14:33 [ref: 31639]
 Daryl Shanklin
 Cincinnati, OH
Woked on 78-0239 at Suwon AB ROK from 1985-86. Of all aircraft that I have worked on in 22 years of service in the Air Force, this was 100% my favorite aircraft to work on. The speed in which maintenance could be performed, the maneuverability of the aircraft in the sky, & that GAU 8 mm, made me very proud to "Go Ugly Early." The Boys from Suwon. Uh-Rah!
07/02/2010 @ 09:30 [ref: 26857]
 Larry Muller
 Waxahachie, TX
Building the A-10 at Fairchild in Farmingdale will always remain a highlight of my life.
I too often think of it and yes we were & are very proud of it and the brave that took it to glory.
02/03/2010 @ 01:42 [ref: 25670]
 Arthur Kallansrud
 Wichita, KS
I was crewchief on 79-0106 assigned to the 917th FG AFRes Barksdale AFB,LA. It arrived at the base with 6.7hrs from the factory smelled just like a new car till the gun was fired. I was the proud owner and keep it clean as possible as we only had at that time 6 acft.The others where 77 and 78 transfers from active duty units to the 917th. I Last show my 79-0106 May of 1981 when I was transfered to the Kansas Air Guard.I have a photo of me doing prefight inspection in 1980.
11/22/2009 @ 07:14 [ref: 25325]
 Don B
 McMinnville, OR
I was a Weapons troup working the A-10 at RAF Bentwaters between 1980-1983. I worked there when we all worked out of a single office with Chet Callahan and then when we split into AMU's I was with the 511th. Loved my time there worked hard and had lots of fun messin with the cops. Last crew I was on before I got my own was John Gunther's crew we were great at pulling gun systems. Miss those days to much. Now I work computers for the local school district.
10/28/2009 @ 11:16 [ref: 25226]


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