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Eglin AFB in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

A-10 Thunderbolt II

 
 
A-10 Thunderbolt II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 26, 2017
1. A-10 Thunderbolt II Marker
Inscription.
The A-10 Thunderbolt ll 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 23mm 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.

This A-10 S/N 75-0288 was last assigned to the 355th Tactical Training Wing at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ. It has been repainted in the 46th Test Wing color scheme by the 46th Maintenance squadron, Eglin AFB, FL.

Specifications
Manufacturer
A-10 Thunderbolt II image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 26, 2017
2. A-10 Thunderbolt II
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. Touch for map. Located at the Air Force Armament Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Museum Drive, Eglin AFB FL 32542, United States of America.
 
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.)
 
Categories. Military
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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