Eglin AFB in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
A-10 Thunderbolt II
The A-10 Thunderbolt II also known as the "Warthog" is the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground troops. They are simple, effective and survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, including tanks and other armored vehicles. The A-10 emphasis is placed on the ability to operate from short unpaved airstrips and to withstand prolonged exposure to ground fire.
The A-10 was a reaction to Vietnam. It has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude and are highly accurate weapons-delivery platforms. They can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time. Using night vision goggles, pilots can conduct night missions. The aircraft can survive direct hits from up to 23 mm projectiles. The pilot and parts of the flight control system is protected by titanium armor. The A-10 was first flown on 10 May 1972, and the first production model was delivered in October 1975. A total of 713 aircraft were built and 327 of these aircraft are still in the AF inventory. The A-10 flew in the Gulf War with a 95.7 percent mission capable rate.
Manufacturer Fairchild Republic Corporation
Thrust Two General Electric TF34-GE-100 Turbofan engines rated at 9,065 lbs of thrust each
Length 53 ft 4 in
Height 14 ft 8 in
Wingspan 57 ft 6 in
Weight 25,000 lbs Empty / 51,000 lbs Max
Speed 518 mph Max / 345 mph Cruise
Range 2,454 miles w/drop tanks
Ceiling 45,000 ft
Armament One — 30 mm GAU-8/A seven barrel Gatling gun; up to 16,000 lbs of mixed ordnance on eleven pylons — Mk82s, Mk84s, incendiary cluster bombs, combined effect munitions, mine dispensing munitions, AGM-65 Maverick missiles, laser or electro-optically guided bombs, 2.75 inch rockets, AIM-9 missiles, flares, chaff, and other ECM pods
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
Location. 30° 28.048′ N, 86° 33.71′ W. Marker is in Eglin AFB, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Pinchot Road (Road 189) and Museum Drive, on the right when traveling south. Located at the Air Force Armament Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Museum Drive, Eglin AFB FL 32542, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. F-16 Fighting Falcon (a few steps from this marker); AC-130 Spectre (within shouting distance of this marker); F-15 Eagle (within shouting distance of this marker); F-111 Aardvark (within shouting distance of this marker); AC-47 Spooky (within shouting distance of this marker); B-57 Canberra (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); B-17 Flying Fortress (about 300 feet away); RF4-Phantom II (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eglin AFB.
Also see . . .
1. Air Force Armament Museum. (Submitted on April 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II on Wikipedia. (Submitted on April 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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