Fairchild Republic A 10 Thunderbolt II

In this beautifully illustrated and comprehensive volume, Peter C Smith brings the A-10’s incredible story right up to date.

Fairchild Republic A 10 Thunderbolt II

The Fairchild-Republic A-10A Close Support aircraft has become a legend over its long front line life. Known as the Warthog due to her unusual appearance, this little aircraft has built up an awesome reputation in the specialized ground-attack role, where her accuracy and deadliness are widely recognized as the best of their kind. Hard lessons from the Second World War, that were reinforced by the bitter experience of the Vietnam War two decades later, showed that it was both impracticable and highly non-cost efficient to use supersonic fighter jets in the close air support mission. A requirement was therefore drawn up for an aeroplane capable of carrying a heavy and varied load of ordnance, which had good endurance and unprecedented maneuverability, and which could survive heavy ground fire – thus the A-10 was born. But, by the time it came into service her role had changed to that of a tank-buster in the defense of Western Europe in the face of the overwhelming numbers of Soviet battle armor. With her straight wing, twin tails and turbine engines mounted high on her rear fuselage, this single-seat aircraft certainly presented a unique appearance. But all these features served a vital role, as Peter C. Smith explains in this highly detailed study. Although the Warthog's expected missions on the plains of Germany did not materialize, she did destroy hundreds of Soviet-built tanks during the Gulf wars. The A-10 has also flown almost continuous missions over the Balkans, against the Taliban in Afghanistan, and ISIS in Iraq and Syria. In this beautifully illustrated and comprehensive volume, Peter C Smith brings the A-10’s incredible story right up to date.

Fairchild Republic A 10 Thunderbolt II

Dubbed 'Warthog' - or just 'Hog' - by those who fly and maintain it, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is the world's undisputed close air support attack jet.

Fairchild Republic A 10 Thunderbolt II

Dubbed 'Warthog' - or just 'Hog' - by those who fly and maintain it, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is the world's undisputed close air support attack jet. As tough as it is ugly, it has built a fearsome reputation as a tank buster and infantry killer in conflicts around the globe, and its GAU-8 Avenger 30mm cannon strikes fear into the hearts of all unlucky enough to be on the wrong side of it.he A-10 was clutched from the jaws of retirement by the 1991 Gulf War. At the time of the conflict, the United States Air Force was making plans to shed it's A-10 fleet, citing obsolescence and redundancy. As the ensuing conflict showed, nothing could have been further from the truth, and no other airframe could have provided the US and Coalition commanders with the sort of forward air control, close air support, combat search and rescue, and tank busting capabilities that the Hog did. Since then the A-10 has delivered capabilities to battlefield commanders in the Balkans (1990s), Afghanistan (2001 onwards) and the second Gulf War (2003 onwards), and Libya (2011). A-10s have flown around 11 per cent of Operation Inherent Resolve sorties (striking IS targets in Iraq) since combat operations began in August 2014.

Military Jets Up Close

Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II The first US aircraft developed exclusively
for close air support, the A-10 Thunderbolt II was designed to operate from short,
unprepared strips less than 457 m (1,500 ft) long. Deliveries began in March ...

Military Jets Up Close

Thrilling 360-degree views of more than fifty of the most advanced fighter jets in the world decorate the pages of this visual treasure. Each military jet is shown in seven views-including left and right profiles, top and front views, and rear and bottom shots-revealing all the mechanisms that make these aircraft vroom. Accompanying each of these stunning illustrations is an informed description of the fighter in question and complete specs for the more advanced aviation fan. This striking title is sure to excite model kit fans and aspiring aviators alike.

A 10 Thunderbolt II Units of Operation Enduring Freedom 2002 07

In March of the following year the aircraft had received their official designation,
with Northrop's design becoming the YA-9 and Fairchild Republic's aircraft the
YA-10. First flights for each type would occur in May 1972, and the fly-off was ...

A 10 Thunderbolt II Units of Operation Enduring Freedom 2002 07

The A-10 was never a favourite amongst the USAF's senior staff, and prior to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990 they had attempted to transfer the aircraft to the US Army and Marine Corps. Reprieved from premature retirement, the A-10 would see combat in the Balkans during the mid-1990s and over Iraq in Operations Northern Watch and Southern Watch until Operation Iraqi Freedom began in 2003. Following the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States, the Bush administration responded with the instigation of Operation Enduring Freedom. A-10 aircraft first entered the fray during Operation Anaconda in March 2002. During Anaconda four A-10s flying from Pakistan provided 21 straight hours of FAC (A)/CAS coverage. The untold story of the A-10 in Enduring Freedom will be explored and presented as never before through first hand interviews and photography from those involved, along with official military achieves. This title is the first of three planned covering the combat experience of the USAF's A-10 Thunderbolt II units. Follow-on volumes will examine the role of the Warthog during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Texas Warbird Survivors 2003

The Thunderbolt is a single-seat close-support aircraft powered by a pair of 9,065
-lb thrust General Electric ... The first prototype Thunderbolt II made its initial flight
on May 10, 1972. A-10A. Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II (HAS Photo).

Texas Warbird Survivors 2003

Checklist guide to were surviving military aircraft in Texas are located.

McChord Field

AttACk/Light BOmBer Douglas A-20 Havoc Douglas A-24 Banshee Fairchild
Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II Lockheed A-29 Hudson Northrop A-17 Nomad
BOmBer Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Consolidated B-24 Liberator Consolidated
LB-30 ...

McChord Field

McChord Field, tucked away in the Pacific Northwest, maintains an understated presence. Yet this subdued outpost plays a vital role in major conflicts around the world. On July 3, 1940, McChord officially opened as a training base, developing bomber crews for aircraft such as B-17s, B-18s, B-25s, B26s, and even some of the Doolittle Raiders. Strategically located, McChord functioned as an aircraft modification center, producing P-39s, the Soviet Union’s most venerable aircraft, as well as a homeland defense center during World War II. The dawning of the Cold War expanded air defense operations with the newly formed Air Defense Command, receiving the P-61, followed by the F-86, F-102, F-106, and F-15. A global airlift hub using C-124s, C-141s, and C-17s, McChord has supported humanitarian, Antarctic, and wartime missions for America.

A 10 Thunderbolt II

... 14, 28, 29 V Vietnam War 12 Virginia 13 W Warthog 7, 19, 27, 28, 29 World
War II 13. Eielson Air Force Base 21, 26 explosive shells 27 F F-35 Lightning II 29
Fairchild Republic 14 forward air control (mission) 10 fuel cells 27 fuselage 18,
25.

A 10 Thunderbolt II

Presents information about the A-10 Thunderbolt II, covering how it is used, its history, and its specifications.

Airborne

Today, the airborne troopers of the 82nd have to depend on CAS/FAC aircraft if
they are to succeed in their mission. ... Warthog: The. Fairchild-Republic. A/OA-10
. Thunderbolt. II. I take back all the bad things I have ever said about the A-10.

Airborne

They are America's front lines--serving proudly in forward areas around the world. Representing the very best from the Army and Air Force, the Airborne Task Force is an unstoppable combination of manpower and firepower. Now, Tom Clancy examines this elite branch of our nation's armed forces. With pinpoint accuracy and a style more compelling than any fiction, the acclaimed author of Executive Orders delivers an fascinating account of the Airborne juggernaut--the people, the technology, and Airborne's mission in an ever-changing world...*Two Tom Clancy "mini-novels"--real world scenarios involving the airborne task force*Airborne's weapons of the 21st century, including the Javelin anti-tank missile, the fiber-optically guided N-LOS fire support system, and the Joint Strike Fighter*18 weeks: Life in an Airborne Alert Brigade*Exclusive photographs, illustrations, and diagramsPLUS: An in-depth interview with the incoming commander of the 18th Airborne Corps, General John Keen

The Encyclopedia of Aircraft

The Encyclopedia of Aircraft

This book features over 3,000 aircraft, including every significant military and civil fixed-wing type, as well as helicopters and convertiplanes, from over 1,000 manufacturers. For easy reference the entries are listed alphabetically by manufacturer, then chronologically by date of first flight. Detailed specifications are given for a specific variant of each key aircraft, including performance, dimensions, weight, range, and payload.

Weapons of Desert Storm

A - 10 Thunderbolt II Fairchild Republic A - 10 Thunderbolt 11 — United States
Nobody calls the A - 10 the Thunderbolt . Even its most ardent proponents call it
the Warthog . Ugly and misshapen though it may be , it is nonetheless the ...

Weapons of Desert Storm

Describes ships, tanks, aircraft, missiles, and other weapons used in conflict.

Encyclopedia of World Aircraft

Encyclopedia of World Aircraft

Here is a fully illustrated reference book on all types of military and support aircraft, as well as commercial and private aircraft of the past and present. Informative text explains their histories, merits, unusual features, and gives performance data for each.

The History of the U S Air Force

Such aircraft could be designated A-16 and would incorporate avionics and
armament demonstrated on test flights in 1988 ... The idea behind the Fairchild
Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II (aka 'Warthog') was for it to assume the name, as
well as ...

The History of the U S  Air Force


Combat Aircraft Recognition

Fairchild Republic A - 10 Thunderbolt II BERE. large fins mounted at each end of
the rectangular tailplane . The straight narrow - chord wings are set at the bottom
of the fuselage . Fairings under the wing partly accommodate the stalky main ...

Combat Aircraft Recognition

The definitive guide to the recognition of military aircraft flown around the world by nations great and small. Includes choppers as well as fixed wing craft. The perfect companion guide to our bestselling Guide to Airport Airplanes. They're all here, from the McDonnell Douglas F-15 to the Boeing B-52 to the MiG-29 and European Tornado fighters, and more.

Jane s All the World s Aircraft

... of a Beech U - 8F for the Missouri Army National Guard iki 2 1.19 Sole
production example of the Fairchild Republic T - ... development and
manufacture of the T - 46 trainer , support of the A - 10 Thunderbolt II aircraft ,
production of structural ...

Jane s All the World s Aircraft


U S Air Power

Nobody calls the Fairchild Republic A-10 the "Thunderbolt. ... it was still on the
drawing boards — was for it to take the name of the famous Republic P-47
Thunderbolt, a World War II fighter that had become renowned as a fighter-
bomber.

U  S  Air Power


Air Force Magazine

Fighter and Attack Aircraft 10 aircraft have been upgraded to Block 20 or Block 30
configuration . ... A - 10 Thunderbolt II Brief : A simple , effective , and survivable
twinengine aircraft specifically designed for close air support of ground forces ...

Air Force Magazine


Firepower

41 USA Fairchild Republic A - 10 Thunderbolt II nearly 20 years , the Americans
pulled the Too late to serve in Vietnam , it became the obsolete prop - driven
piston - engined Sky USAF's standard tank - killer in Europe . But raider out of
retired ...

Firepower

Each chapter examines different military aircraft covering four aspects: Weapons & aircraft inventory; Mission and deployment; In combat; and Tactics.

Fairchild A 10 Warthog

This text features aircraft history, variants and sub-types, walkarounds of airframe and cockpits, and colour schemes and markings.

Fairchild A 10 Warthog

Designed with modellers and enthusiasts in mind. The series has a diverse range of subject matter with new titles being continually added and will build an excellent source of information and inspiration for the aeroplane aficionado and devotee. Each volume is heavily photo and colour profile orientated, in order to maximise the information and detail available and is presented in an easily accessible manner. These book are also produced with unique binder tabs on the spine allowing them to be conveniently stored on the bookshelf. Each volume includes: Aircraft history; Variations and subtypes; In-depth walkarounds of airframe and weaponry; Colour schemes and markings; Colour profiles.

Jane s International Defense Review

... re - wing most of its fleet of Fairchild - Republic A - 10 Thunderbolt II combat
aircraft . Under the programme , 242 out of the USAF's fleet of 356 aircraft will be
refitted by 2011 with the aim of keeping them in frontline service until at least
2035 .

Jane s International Defense Review


Air Pictorial

The rising cost of new combat aircraft has produced a lucrative modernisation
market for older , existing types to extend their ... e c eries Fairchild Republic A /
OA - 10A Thunderbolt II Following the demise of Fairchild Republic , Northrop ...

Air Pictorial