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FAIRCHILD A-10 Thunderbolt 2

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Name A-10 Thunderbolt 2
Manufacturer FAIRCHILD
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position Low wing
Tail Double fin, low set
WTC Medium
Type code L2J
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position Both sides of rear fuselage
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 3

Manufacturered as:

FAIRCHILD (1) Thunderbolt 2
FAIRCHILD (1) OA-10 Thunderbolt 2
FAIRCHILD (1) A-10 Thunderbolt 2

FAIRCHILD A-10 Thunderbolt 2

FAIRCHILD A-10 Thunderbolt 2 FAIRCHILD A-10 Thunderbolt 2 3D


The A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. The A-10 was designed for a United States Air Force requirement to provide close air support (CAS) for ground forces by attacking tanks, armoured vehicles, and other ground targets with a limited air interdiction capability. It is the first U.S. Air Force aircraft designed exclusively for close air support.

Technical Data

Wing span 17.53 m57.513 ft
Length 16.26 m53.346 ft
Height 4.47 m14.665 ft
Powerplant 2 x 40.3 kN GE TF34-GE100 high bypass turbofans.
Engine model General Electric TF34

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) 140 kts IAS 170 kts IAS 300 kts IAS 300 kts MACH 0.63 TAS 300 kts MACH 0.67 IAS 300 kts IAS 250 kts Vapp (IAS) 140 kts
Distance 1200 m ROC 6000 ft/min ROC 2400 ft/min ROC 2400 ft/min ROC 2000 ft/min MACH 0.58 ROD 5000 ft/min ROD 5000 ft/min MCS kts Distance 610 m
MTOW 2270022,700 kg
22.7 tonnes
Ceiling FL340 ROD 1500 ft/min APC C
WTC M Range 540540 nm
1,000,080 m
1,000.08 km
3,281,102.365 ft

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving A10

None on SKYbrary