The US attempts to create the “Thunder God” in the A-10 Warthog such that an attack cannot pierce his wings

This is the first aircraft of the United States Air Force designed specifically for close-air support missions.

The United States has always been able to design deadly aircraft. But sometimes engineers have managed to exceed even the wildest expectations by practically designing an impenetrable tank with wings as opposed to an attack aircraft!

In today’s video, we’ll be discussing the A-10 Thunderbolt II, which is celebrating its impressive 50 years in the skies this May!

You’ll learn about the battles in which the star of today’s video took part, its modifications, and how long it will serve in the Air Force.

The A-10 is a single-seat aircraft. The cockpit is equipped with Titanium armor from 12.7mm to 38.1mm thick with a total weight of up to 408 kg. This armor can withstand 23mm anti-aircraft bullets. The A-10 has good maneuverability in slow and low flying because of its large, straight wings.

This gives the pilot enough ability to observe the battlefield and distinguish targets for the best support. Because it does not need to fly fast, the A-10 is equipped with a turbofan type engine, two engines mounted on the back creating the distinctive shape of the A-10. In general, the A-10 is considered ugly in appearance but is an extremely effective aircraft.

– Crew: 1 person

– Length: 16.26m

– Wingspan: 17.53m

– Height: 4.47m

– Wing area: 47.01m²Wings bent at an angle: 7o

– Weight:

  • Empty: 11,321 kg
  • Normal take-off: 14,846 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 22,680 kg
  • Maximum fuel: 4,853 kg (in the body)

– Speed:

  • Max: 706 km/h
  • Min: 220 km/h
  • Climbing height: 1,828m/min
  • Maximum altitude: 13,636m

– Operation radius:

  • Close Air Support Mission: 250 knots (460 km) with 112.8 minutes of single-engine encirclement and 10 minutes of combat
  • Anti-Tank Mission: 252 knots (467 km) with 30 minutes of combat
  • Maximum no-load range: 2,240 nautical miles (4,150 km)

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