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A-10 Thunderbolt East Demonstration Team

"Trains to Planes 2010"

Taking the Southwest Chief to the Depot Inn & Suites Kirksville, Missouri, Regional Air Festival

September 11 and 12, 2010

Text and Photos by Carl Morrison (  Photo Contributions by Carl Morrison, and Bob Williams.

A-10 Thunderbolt East Demonstration Team

All photos of the A-10 taken by Carl Morrison and Bob Williams at Kirksville, MO, Airport, Sept. 11 - 12, 2010.


General Characteristics

Primary Function: A-10 -- close air support, A-10C - airborne forward air control
Contractor: Fairchild Republic Co.
Power Plant: Two General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofans
Thrust: 9,065 pounds each engine
Wingspan: 57 feet, 6 inches (17.42 meters)
Length: 53 feet, 4 inches (16.16 meters)
Height: 14 feet, 8 inches (4.42 meters)
Weight: 29,000 pounds (13,154 kilograms)
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 51,000 pounds (22,950 kilograms)
Fuel Capacity: 11,000 pounds (7,257 kilograms)
Payload: 16,000 pounds (7,257 kilograms)
Speed: 420 miles per hour (Mach 0.56)
Range: 800 miles (695 nautical miles)
Ceiling: 45,000 feet (13,636 meters)
Armament: One 30 mm GAU-8/A seven-barrel Gatling gun; up to 16,000 pounds (7,200 kilograms) of mixed ordnance on eight under-wing and three under-fuselage pylon stations, including 500 pound (225 kilograms) Mk-82 and 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) Mk-84 series low/high drag bombs, incendiary cluster bombs, combined effects munitions, mine dispensing munitions, AGM-65 Maverick missiles and laser-guided/electro-optically guided bombs; infrared countermeasure flares; electronic countermeasure chaff; jammer pods; 2.75-inch (6.99 centimeters) rockets; illumination flares and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.
Crew: One
Unit Cost: Not available
Initial operating capability: A-10A, 1977; A-10C, 2007
Inventory: Active force, A-10, 143 and A-10C, 70; Reserve, A-10, 46 and OA-10, 6; ANG, A-10, 84 and OA-10, 18

From the A-10 Thunderbolt East Demonstration Team website (Link on Links Page)

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30 mm GAU-8/A seven-barrel Gatling gun

I was counting on the fact that a show plane would not be armed!
Photo by Bob Williams.

Major Johnnie "Dusty" Green

Second A-10 Pilot

Videographer and Announcer (right).

The A-10 has a false cockpit painted on the bottom to confuse the enemy.

Performance Photos, above and below.

P-51 and A-10 Heritage Flight

P-51 and A-10 Heritage Flight

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