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
GYA-10A on display
Hill Aerospace Museum
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Recent comments by our visitors
| Kristin Marino|
| 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|
| 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|
| 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 .
04/27/2012 @ 08:00 [ref: 56542]
| Sener Celik|
| 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|
| 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|
| 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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