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A-10C Thunderbolt II

The A-10 Thunderbolt II is the primary ground support aircraft in active service with the United States Air Force. Specifically designed for close air support, its combination of large and varied ordnance load, long loiter time, accurate weapons delivery, austere field capability, and survivability has proven invaluable to the United States and its allies. It has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, its wide combat radius and short takeoff and landing capability permit operations in and out of locations near front lines.
A-10C Thunderbolt II Copyright © Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter, U.S. Air Force


In active service


Primary contractor: Fairchild Republic Company


1 Pilot


7 257,48 kilograms of mixed ordnance 16 000 pounds of mixed ordnance


Length: 16.25 meters 53.33 feet
Wingspan: 17.53 meters 57.5 feet
Height: 4.47 meters 14.67 feet
Weight: 13 154 kilograms 29 000 pounds
Maximum takeoff weight: 22 950 kilograms 51 000 pounds
Power plant: two General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofans
Thrust: ~4 112 kilograms (each engine) 9 065 pounds (each engine)
Fuel capacity: 7 257 kilograms 11 000 pounds
Speed: 450 knots (833.4 kilometers per hour (Mach 0.75)) (517.85 miles per hour (Mach 0.75))
Range: 4 152 kilometers 2 580 miles