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Posted 12/31/2008 Printable Fact Sheet
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Fairchild Republic A-10A
Fairchild Republic A-10A wing construction. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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(Fairchild Press Release)

Containing built-in survivability features, the USAF Fairchild A-10 Close Air Support aircraft is harneded like no other fighter or attack plane. The pilot is surrounded by a "bathtub" of titanium which has been successfully tested to defeat 23mm armor-piercing projectiles. In addition, the aircraft features armor plating of vital elements, redundant flight controls, redundant shielded subsystems and a "manual" reversion system which permits the pilot to fly and land the aircraft if all hydraulic power is lost.

Type Number built/
YA-10A 2 A-X CAS prototype
A-10A 713 Production A-10

Armament: One GAU-8/A 30mm Gatling Gun and 16,000 lbs. of mixed ordnance
Engines: Two General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofans of 9,000 lbs. thrust each
Maximum speed: 450 mph
Cruising speed: 335 mph
Range: 800 miles
Service ceiling: 44,200 ft.
Span: 57 ft. 6 in.
Length: 53 ft. 4 in.
Height: 14 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 47,000 lbs.
Crew: One
Serial numbers: 73-1664 to 73-1669 (73-1670 to 73-1673 canceled); 75-258 to 75-309; 76-512 to 76-554; 77-177 to 77-276; 78-582 to 78-725; 79-082 to 78-225 (79-226 to 79-243 canceled); 80-140 to 80-283; 81-939 to 81-998; 82-646 to 82-665 (82-692 to 82-705 canceled); 73-1664 to 73-1669 were development, test and evaluation aircraft; 73-1664 later converted to the A-10B Night/All Weather two-place A-10
Other notes: The first flight of a production A-10 (S/N 73-1664) was Feb. 15, 1975.

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