Weatherford in Custer County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
Fairchild-Republic A-10 "Thunderbolt II"
The A-10 was designed as a sub-sonic, short take-off, highly maneuverable aircraft that could loiter above the battlefield for extended periods of time. Redundant control surfaces and hydraulic systems combined with titanium armor protecting the pilot, control systems and ammunition allows the aircraft to endure incredible amounts of damage and still fly.
The A-10 is able to carry a huge load of more than 16,000 lbs. (7,257 kg) of ordinance from eleven hard points under its wings and fuselage. Teamed with its 30mm GAU-8/A rotary cannon makes this aircraft an extremely lethal weapon.
Although officially named the "Thunderbolt II," the A-10's toughness, survivablity, and lethality has led pilots and ground crews to nickname it the "Warthog" or just plain "Hog."
The A-10 is the only aircraft
The cannon fires rounds the size of beer bottles (30mm) from its seven rotating barrels. Each round has a core made from depleted uranium - one of the densest metals on Earth that is capable of penetrating nearly 3 inches (76mm) of battle armor. If this was not enough, the gun can fire up to 4,200 of these monstrous rounds a minute- or 70 per second!
Each round had a recoil of 10,000 lbs (4,526 kg)!
When the cannon is fired, the aircraft will experience a significant deceleration.
"I owe my life to that plane!"
An often-heard comment about the A-10 from veterans from the wars in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan.
History of this specific aircraft
The A-10 on display here (77-0199) is a true "war-bird." It flew hundreds of missions in Kuwait, Iraq, and Kosovo.
Length: 53 ft 4 in (16.26 m)
Wingspan: 57 ft 6 in (17.53 m)
Height: (unreadable) ft 8 in (4.47 m)
Empty height: 24,959 lbs (11,321 kg)
Loaded weight: 30,384 lbs (13,782 kg)
Max. takeoffweight: 50,000 lbs (22,700 kg)
First flight: May 10, 1972
Entered service: October, 1977
Powerplant: 2xGE TF-34-100A turbofans
Max speed: 439 mph (833 km/hr)
Service ceiling: 45,000 ft (13,700 m)
Range: 288 miles (460 km)
Rate of climb: 6,000 ft/min (1,829 m/min)
Number built: 716
Unit cost: US $18.8 m (FY 1977)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm. A significant historical date for this entry is May 10, 1972.
Location. 35° 32.644′ N, 98° 40.227′ W. Marker is in Weatherford, Oklahoma, in Custer County. Marker is on Logan Road west of Jim Cobb Drive, on the right when traveling east. Marker is outside the Stafford Air & Space Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3000 Logan Rd, Weatherford OK 73096, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Apollo Command Module (a few steps from this marker); Lockheed F-104C "Starfighter" (a few steps from this marker); Lockheed T-33 "Shooting Star" (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford (within shouting distance of this marker); McDonnell-Douglas F-4C Phantom II (approx. half a mile away); Provine/Hamons' Station (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Baldwin Bridge (approx. 5.2 miles away); Hydro Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weatherford.
Also see . . .
1. Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 19, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
2. Stafford Air & Space Museum. Official website (Submitted on June 19, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 19, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.