Fairchild-Republic GYA-10A 'Thunderbolt II'

  Base model:A-10
  Nickname:Thunderbolt II
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Attack
  Status:Permanently Grounded

  Length: 53' 4" 16.2 m
  Height:17' 8" 5.3 m
  Wingspan: 57' 6" 17.5 m
  Wingarea: 506.0 sq ft 47.0 sq m
  Empty Weight: 24,959 lb 11,319 kg
  Gross Weight: 47,000 lb 21,315 kg
  Max Weight: 50,000 lb 22,675 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: General Electric TF34-GE-100
  Thrust (each): 9,065 lb 4,111 kg

  Range: 2,454 miles 3,951 km
  Cruise Speed: 345 mph 555 km/h 300 kt
  Max Speed: 518 mph 834 km/h 450 kt
  Climb: 6,000 ft/min 1,828 m/min
  Ceiling: 44,200 ft 13,472 m

Examples of this type may be found at
Hill Aerospace MuseumHill AFBUtah

GYA-10A on display

Hill Aerospace Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Kristin Marino
 , CA
The tail broke off on impact, but the nose of plane was up. My dad broke his neck on impact, and was dead at crash not on his way to hospital. We don't know exactly what happened, but it seems he was just too low and couldn't pull out of the loop. There were no mechanical failures or pilot error in the accident report. My mother was there. I believe the airshow in 1976 was not in Paris but in London.???? My dad was always fighting for more powerful engines to be put in the a-10. My dad loved that plane and was an amazing pilot he loved going to work everyday and loved flying. I love that so many people knew of him ......
12/08/2013 @ 11:54 [ref: 68217]
 Kristin Marino
 , CA
I am Sam nelsons daughter. He died in 1977 in the a-10 at the Paris air show.
12/08/2013 @ 11:43 [ref: 68216]
 George Brookes
 Bristol, ON
I met Sam Nelson at the Farnborough Air Show in 1976 and made a comment about the 'roll and recovery attack' looking VERY close to the deck when pulling up , Sam replied " YOU thought it was close , you should have been sat where I was ! "
I thought it was 1977 at Toulouse where he crashed and sadly died , not Farnborough .
Didnt the 'bath tub' detach from the aircraft and he died of his injuries?
The Crew presented me with a model of the A 10 and a 'dummy' round , both of which I still have and value .
R.I.P. Sam
04/27/2012 @ 08:00 [ref: 56542]
 Sener Celik
 Istanbul, OTH
I remember Farnborough 1978 tragedy of Sam Nelson's A-10. Although those are my preteen ages, I was really a serious enthusiast of military aviation. I would appreciate if you recommend some sources that I can find any data and photos of Sam Nelson who was a great flyer and his A-10 and/or that crash. Thank you...
03/02/2009 @ 13:08 [ref: 23856]
 Gary Suozzi
 Los Angeles, CA
73-1666 is a great aircraft. I worked R&D @ Edwrads AFB and was assigned to 666 during the early days. We had 4 pre-production aircraft on line, 666 had the first operational gun. Sam Nelson was one of our test pilots who raved about the aircraft. I started my career @ the Farmingdale plant and moved west with the aircraft. The crews and people were great, as was the aircraft. Have fantastic memories of the desert and the A-10.......
02/29/2004 @ 11:57 [ref: 6874]
 carl youngblood
 , MS
what is a gya-10a
i worked on a-10a aircraft at davis montha afb az 1978-1982
and again at england afb la 1986-1992 and have never saw this aircraft
04/27/2002 @ 09:36 [ref: 4812]
 Richard Balcerzak
 , CO
I was the last crew chief on 73-1666 at Edwards AFB, CA.

What a wonderful aircraft!

May I get a photo?
12/19/2001 @ 19:05 [ref: 3865]


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