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DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II cockpit view in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.(Photo courtesy of Lyle Jansma, Aerocapture Images)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II cockpit view in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.(Photo courtesy of Lyle Jansma, Aerocapture Images)

DAYTON, Ohio - Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II cockpit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II cockpit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II cockpit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II cockpit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II cockpit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II cockpit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II cockpit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II cockpit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- GAU-8/A Avenger on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- GAU-8/A Avenger on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II  outside the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II outside the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II  outside the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II outside the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II   being moved into position in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The restoration crew members worked as part of a team to complete the gallery reconfiguration on Jan. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II being moved into position in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The restoration crew members worked as part of a team to complete the gallery reconfiguration on Jan. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II   being moved into position in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The restoration crew members worked as part of a team to complete the gallery reconfiguration on Jan. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II being moved into position in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The restoration crew members worked as part of a team to complete the gallery reconfiguration on Jan. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II   being moved into position in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The restoration crew members worked as part of a team to complete the gallery reconfiguration on Jan. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II being moved into position in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The restoration crew members worked as part of a team to complete the gallery reconfiguration on Jan. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey and the Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The restoration crew members worked as part of a team to complete the gallery reconfiguration on Jan. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- The Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey and the Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The restoration crew members worked as part of a team to complete the gallery reconfiguration on Jan. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II being moved into position in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The restoration crew members worked as part of a team to complete the gallery reconfiguration on Jan. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- The Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II being moved into position in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The restoration crew members worked as part of a team to complete the gallery reconfiguration on Jan. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- GAU-8/A Avenger on the Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- GAU-8/A Avenger on the Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

The A-10 is the first U.S. Air Force aircraft designed specifically for close air support of ground forces. It is named for the famous P-47 Thunderbolt, a fighter often used in a close air support role during the latter part of World War II. The A-10 is very maneuverable at low speeds and low altitudes to ensure accurate weapons delivery, and it carries the systems and armor needed to survive in this environment. It is intended for use against all ground targets, but specifically tanks and other armored vehicles. The Thunderbolt II's great endurance gives it a large combat radius and long loiter time in a battle area. Its short takeoff and landing capability permits operation from airstrips close to the front lines. Maintenance at forward bases with limited facilities is possible because of the A-10's simple design.

The A-10A on display was flown on Jan. 21, 1991, by Capt. Paul Johnson on an eight-hour rescue support mission during Operation Desert Storm, for which he was awarded the Air Force Cross, the USAF's second highest award for valor. The aircraft was delivered to the museum in January 1992.

TECHNICAL NOTES:

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 nautical mph
Range: 800 miles
Span: 57 ft. 6 in.
Length: 53 ft. 4 in.
Height: 14 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 47,000 lbs.

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