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A-10 Thunderbolt
Type Close Air Support
Manufacturer Fairchild-Republic
Introduction March 1977
Status In service
Number built 715
Cost $9.8 million

The Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II (known as the Warthog or just Hog) originally started life as a Counter Insurgency (COIN) aircraft to replace the aging Bronco. During the early stages of design (by committee) in the late 60's, it turned into an absolute brute of a plane intended to deal with the 3rd Shock Army (probably on its own).

Armament

Choose from...

  • AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missile
  • Cluster, conventional and laser-guided bombs
  • ECM pod under one wing
  • Two AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.

The GAU-8 Avenger cannon allegedly generates almost the same amount of recoil as one of the A-10's engines, leading to a military urban legend that if enough rounds were fired in a long burst, the plane would stop (or move backwards!)

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)
  • Performance
    • Powerplant: 2× General Electric Turbo-Fans.
    • Maximum Speed: 439mph
    • Maximum Range: 474 miles
    • Service Ceiling: 34,695ft
    • Rate Of Climb: 6,000ft a minute

Friendly fire incidents

There have been many incidents involving A-10's, piloted by fat Idaho National Guard airmen, although the most high-profile are:-

  • Gulf War of 1991 an A-10 attacked two Warriors (out of 37 parked up), killing nine soldiers.
  • Two Scimitar reconnaissance vehicles were attacked by an A-10 in the Iraq War of 2003.

The point is, if you're a British Squaddie and you're in the shit. Don't get any 'assistance' from one of these bad boys... You'll probably regret it!