Great Write-Up of the A-10

A reader pointed this out in a comment on an earlier post: The Fairchild A-10 Warthog. If you’re interested in the A-10, it’s worth a look.

Meanwhile, here’s a picture I happened across eslewhere:

A left side view of the cockpit of the first A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft in flight. Location: EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE Date Shot: 7/10/1979

A left side view of the cockpit of the first A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft in flight. Photographer's Name: UnknownLocation: EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE Date Shot: 7/10/1979

This appears to be the demonstrator Night/All Weather (N/AW) aircraft, which was built by converting the first development aircraft. A Weapons System Officer would have manned the second seat, much like in the F-15E Strike Eagle. The N/AW A-10 was never produced.

What I’d really been looking for when I found the two-seater image was a picture of the A-10 in the good old green “Charcoal Lizard” colors:


High angle front view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, assigned to the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, in flight. The aircraft is equipped with multiple ejection racks (MER) and is carrying an AGM-65 Maverick missile. Photographer\'s Name: Maj. Dennis A. Guyitt Date Shot: 9/1/1980

High angle front view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, assigned to the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, in flight. The aircraft is equipped with multiple ejection racks (MER) and is carrying an AGM-65 Maverick missile. Photographer's Name: Maj. Dennis A. Guyitt Date Shot: 9/1/1980

Comments

  1. Cool link. I had never seen that site before, and I’m a pretty big A-10 fan. I grew up about 20 miles from the factory in Hagerstown where most of them were made, so an A-10 overhead was practically a daily sight during my teen age years.

    I still wonder what else went on at that place. I saw things zipping around at night that don’t make sense even 25 years later.

  2. I lived in Northwest Las Vegas for a year. Saw and heard things in the northern sky that I couldn’t explain – and I was a FAC.

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