Fairchild-Republic YA-10A 'Thunderbolt II'

Notes: A-10A prototype.
  Base model:A-10
  Nickname:Thunderbolt II
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Attack
  First Flew:1972/05/10

  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

Known serial numbers
71-1369 / 71-1370

Examples of this type may be found at
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

YA-10A on display

United States Air Force Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Steve Collins
 , GA
My mistake it was a 20mm.
03/22/2010 @ 09:15 [ref: 25909]
 Steve Collins
 , GA
The M61a1 is a 30mm gatling gun. I loaded enough of them to know. The nickname was the warthog. I was in the 74th AGS in 86 and 87.
03/22/2010 @ 09:12 [ref: 25908]
 David Kirk
 , VA
I've talked to retired soldiers about this plane, and they have nothing but good things to say about it. It's an amazing piece of technology and, in my opinion, the single best airplane ever produced.
02/21/2008 @ 16:47 [ref: 19738]
 Guy E. Franklin
 Ft George Meade, MD
Serial numbers: 71-1369 and 71-1370

Span: 55 ft.
Length: 52 ft. 7 in. (less boom)
Height: 14 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 45,600 lbs. maximum take off
Armament: One M61A1 20mm cannon with 660 rounds of ammunition and up to 16,000 lbs. of mixed ordnance (bombs, rockets, missiles and dispensers) and/or fuel tanks on 11 external stations
Engines: Two General Electric YTF34/F5 turbofans of 9,275 lbs. thrust each
Crew: One

Maximum speed: 450 mph/391 knots
Cruising speed: 335 mph/291 knots
Range: 800 statute miles
Service ceiling: 44,200 ft.

02/13/2008 @ 04:00 [ref: 19661]
 Michael Broach
 Grand Rapids, MI
I spent 31/2 years at England AFB from 85-89 in the Weapons Release Shop (462 shop). I see A10s often from Battle Creek ANG. I still get very emotional when I see this aircraft. It is very special.
02/09/2004 @ 15:40 [ref: 6752]
 Lloyd L Fox
 charlotte, NC
My father worked on the A-10 in hagerstown MD in the 70's .If you have any pic's of the plane or if you know anyone that worked on the plane or any other planes that fairchilds worked on in hagerstown MD please write or send pic's I will give them to my father thank you Lloyd fox
Howard fox is my father
08/07/2001 @ 17:41 [ref: 2862]
 Paul D. Stala
 Auburndale, FL
I spent 41/2 years at England AFB 1986 to 1992 with the 23rd TFW / 74th TFS /74th AGS I was a weapons loader/maintenance crew. I use to cuse this plane and hated some of the things we had to do to it but after going to Honduas,Turkey, Then to Sudia for the war I fell in love with it. when they did away with our unit I felt sad and moved on to SAC to Buffs. now retired for 7 years I still get emotional when I see on, mostly ones with teeth. I could go on. I don`t have a scanner or a good printer so send more pics please?
04/10/2001 @ 18:10 [ref: 2050]
 Joseph Gerant
 Boyne City, MI
Thanx for this fantastic machine. They still fly over my house, once in a while. Very distintic engine sound. That's a cheap thrill, but I love seeing them. Best always Joe
05/10/2000 @ 14:46 [ref: 173]


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