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A-10 Thunderbolt (Warthog) Ground Attack Aircraft, USA
The Warthog, the Flying Gun and the Tankbuster are all names that the A-10 Thunderbolt goes by. It is designed to provide air support to ground forces by attacking tanks, armoured vehicles, infantry and installations. One of the requirements was that it was heavily armoured so that it had a high-survivability rate in hostile arenas. As the aircraft would be working from forward air bases it had to have short take-off and landing capability. It was required to have a long range and endurance so that it could loiter in the battle area. To enable it to have accurate, effective targeting and weapon delivery over all types of terrain it had to be manoeuvrable at low speed and low altitude. The A-10 Thunderbolt (warthog) ground attack aircraft meet all of these requirements.
The A-10 Thunderbolt first flew in May 1972 and was originally manufactured by Fairchild. Northrop Grumman took over the contract in 1987. The upgraded A-10C first flew in January 2005 and has increased the aircrafts service life to 2028. The single-seat cockpit is protected with a titanium 'bathtub' structure that gives all-round armor, to protect the pilot. It is up to 3.8cm thick. The good all-round vision cockpit canopy has a large bulletproof bubble. It is a versatile aircraft and can be fitted with a variety of weapon systems. It can be flown at night and has stand off capabilities.
Military Airforce Fighter Bomber Aircraft - Airshow Photos
There are many International Air Tattoos and air shows like the one at Fairford Air Base, Duxford, Farnborough, Biggin Hill, Cosford, Eastbourne AirShow, Abingdon UK air show, Boscombe Down UK air shows, Greenham Common, Mildenhall air fete where you can have fun with all the family looking at static aviation displays as well as the acrobatics in the air. You can see many of these planes, Supermarine spitfire, tornado, battle of Britain fighters, warbirds, vulcan,, Lancaster, lightning, mosquito, Eurofighter, VC10, DC10 Shackleton, jaguar, typhoon, sabre, super sabre, delta dart, talon, phantom, falcon, thunderbirds, eagle. Learjet, lockheed, Douglas, McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle, McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II USMC, Vought F4U-5NL Nite-Corsair, McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk USMC, Lockheed HC-130H Hercules, Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Curtiss P-40E Warhawk. North American P-51D Mustang, Republic P-47B/D Thunderbolt Razorback, Bell P-39D Airacobra , Northrop P-61B Black widow, Martin B-26B/C Marauder, North American B-25B/C Mitchell, B-24J Liberator, Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Zero, Hawker Hurricane, Junkers Ju 52, Messerschmitt Me 110C, Messerschmitt Bf 109E, Focke Wulf Fw 190A, Panavia Tornado RAF, Grumman A-6A Intruder, Grumman F-14A Tomcat, Douglas F-18A Hornet USN, Lockheed S-3B Viking, Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, Lockheed C-130H Hercules, Lockheed C-5A/B Galaxy to name but a few
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