A-10 Thunderbolt II Profile

A-10 Thunderbolt II Profile is an American single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic. The A-10 was designed for a United States Air Force requirement to provide close air support.

Manufacturer : Fairchild-Republic
Role : Close air support, and ground-attack aircraft
First flight : 10 May 1972
Introduced : March 1977
Status : In service
Primary user : United States Air Force
Number built : 716
Unit cost : US$11.8 million

The A-10 Thunderbolt II has superior maneuverability at low speeds and altitude because of its high wing aspect ratio, large wing area, and large ailerons. Engine exhaust passes over the aircraft’s horizontal stabilizer.

The A-10 has integrally machined skin panels. These panels, fabricated using computer controlled machining, reduce the time and hence the cost of production. The ailerons are at the far ends of the wings to gain greater rolling moment, as with many aircraft, but there are two distinguishing features.

A-10 Thunderbolt II Specifications

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: 2 × General Electric TF34-GE-100A turbofans, 9,065 lbf (40.32 kN) each

Performance

  • Never exceed speed: 450 knots (518 mph,[91] 833 km/h) at 5,000 ft (1,500 m) with 18 Mk 82 bombs
  • Maximum speed: 381 knots (439 mph, 706 km/h) at sea level, clean
  • Cruise speed: 300 knots (340 mph, 560 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 120 knots (138 mph, 220 km/h) [93]
  • Combat radius:
    • On CAS mission: 250 nmi (288 mi, 460 km) at 1.88 hour single-engine loiter at 5,000 ft (1,500 m), 10 min combat
    • On anti-armor mission: 252 nmi (290 mi, 467 km), 40 nm (45 mi, 75 km)) sea-level penetration and exit, 30 min combat
  • Ferry range: 2,240 nmi (2,580 mi, 4,150 km) with 50 knot (55 mph, 90 km/h) headwinds, 20 minutes reserve
  • Service ceiling: 45,000 ft (13,700 m)
  • Rate of climb: 6,000 ft/min (30 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 99 lb/ft² (482 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.36

Armament

  • Guns: 1× 30 mm (1.18 in) GAU-8/A Avenger gatling cannon with 1,174 rounds
  • Hardpoints:11 (8× under-wing and 3× under-fuselage pylon stations) with a capacity of 16,000 lb (7,260 kg) and provisions to carry combinations of:
    • Rockets:
      • 4× LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (each with 19× / 7× Hydra 70 mm rockets, respectively)
      • 4× LAU-5003 rocket pods (each with 19× CRV7 70 mm rockets)
      • 6× LAU-10 rocket pods (each with 4× 127 mm (5.0 in) Zuni rockets)
    • Missiles:
      • 2× AIM-9 Sidewinders air-to-air missiles for self-defense
      • 8× AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles
    • Bombs:
      • Mark 80 series of unguided iron bombs or
      • Mk 77 incendiary bombs or
      • BLU-1, BLU-27/B Rockeye II, Mk20, BL-755 and CBU-52/58/71/87/89/97 cluster bombs or
      • Paveway series of Laser-guided bombs or
      • Joint Direct Attack Munition (A-10C) or
      • Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (A-10C)
    • Other:
      • SUU-42A/A Flares/Infrared decoys and chaff dispenser pod or
      • AN/ALQ-131 & AN/ALQ-184 ECM pods or
      • Lockheed Martin Sniper XR & LITENING targeting pods (A-10C) or
      • 2× 600 US gallon Sargent Fletcher drop tanks for extended range/loitering time.

Avionics

  • AN/AAS-35(V) Pave Penny laser tracker pod (mounted beneath right side of cockpit) for use with Paveway LGBs
  • Head-up display (HUD) for improved technical flying and air-to-ground support.
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