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The Fairchild Republic A-10 was developed in the nineteen seventies as a dedicated ground attack aircraft, armed with guns and missiles to fight against particularly enemy tanks. The Vietnam war showed a need for such an aircraft also due to the massive Warsaw Pact tank force in Europe. The A-10 was designed to be as simple as possible "situated around a GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon".  Other systems were kept to a minimum and a large wing was designed to enable a lot of pylons and ordnance. It was only ordered and used by the USAF and deliveries started around 1976. The A-10 is also known by its nicknames "Warthog" or "Hog" and it was used in several conflicts like both Gulf Wars but also Iraq.

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A-10 Warthog

Here a A-10C  is seen at Nellis AFB USA :

Photographed 2009 and 2013 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

Cockpit details of an aircraft at the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB:


 A-10A Warthog

This A-10A is at the Pima Air and Space museum, Tucson, AZ, USA. Painted in markings of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, 358th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 1992 with serial 75-0298.

Also a separate A-10 nose section in grey is seen. Cockpit details are shown.

Photographed 2013 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland


A-10A Warthog

This A-10A is at the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB. It is on loan from the USAF museum and looks to be painted in a special grey scheme.

Photographed 2013 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland


YA-10B  

This aircraft s/n 73-1664 is a two seater A-10 converted in 1975. The idea was it to be used in adverse weather with an extra weapons officer. It was tested in 1979 at Edwards AFB but not further put into production as NAW-10, so only this one aircraft was converted. It is still on display outside at the Air Force Flight Test Museum near Edwards, CA.

Photographed 2016 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland


A-10C Warthog

This operational and splendid looking A-10C code AF78-709 was seen at Nellis AFB, Nev. 

Photographed 2017 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland


OFFICIAL USAF COLOUR INFORMATION A-10
from USAF handbook Technical order TO 1-1-4. Collection M. de Vreeze (used with permission)
Standard System colour numbers refer to the Federal Standard system with 5 digit numbered colours. Deviations on real aircraft may occur. The later used European scheme is also shown.


In 1/72 scale several good kits of the A-10 were issued. In 1/48 also many kits appeared like those from AMT-ERTL, Monogram-Revell, Tamiya and Hobbyboss. In 1/32 scale Trumpeter came with a long awaited kit in around 2000. (they also had a NAW-10 two seater in 1/32, and this aircraft is in one of the walkarounds).

 

This walk around page was first created August 2013 by M. de Vreeze