A-10/OA-10 Thunderbolt II
Overview: A-10/OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs are highly
maneuverable at low air speeds and altitude and can
loiter near battle areas for extended periods,
operating under 1,000-foot ceilings with 1.5-mile
visibility. Using night vision goggles, pilots can
conduct missions in darkness. The aircraft can
survive direct hits from armor-piercing and high
explosive projectiles up to 23mm. Their self-sealing
fuel cells are protected by internal and external
foam. Manual systems back up their redundant
hydraulic flight-control systems. The aircraft,
commonly called Warthogs, became widely known
outside the military for their close-air support
missions, particularly their tank-killing capabilities,
during Desert Storm.

Corridor connections: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
General characteristics
A-10 Thunderbolt, popularly called a Warthog.
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Primary function: A-10, close air support,
OA-10, airborne forward air control
Crew: 1
Contractor: Fairchild Republic Co.
Power plant: 2 General Electric
TF34-GE-100 turbofans
Length: 53 feet, 4 inches
Height: 14 feet, 8 inches
Wingspan: 57 feet, 6 inches
Speed: 420 mph (Mach 0.56)
Ceiling: 45,000 feet
Payload: 16,000 pounds
Armament: 1 30 mm GAU-8/A 7-barrel
Gatling gun; up to 16,000 pounds of mixed
ordnance on 8 under-wing and 3
under-fuselage pylon stations, including 500
pound  Mk-82 and 2,000 pounds Mk-84 series
low/high drag bombs, incendiary cluster
bombs, combined effects munitions, mine
dispensing munitions, AGM-65 Maverick
missiles and laser-guided/electro-optically
guided bombs; infrared countermeasure
flares; electronic countermeasure chaff;
jammer pods; 2.75-inch rockets; illumination
flares and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.
Range: 800 miles (695 nautical miles)
Initial operating capability: A-10A, 1977;
A-10C, 2007
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


Source: U.S. Air Force