Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II – 354th FS Bulldogs, USAF Demonstator 2019
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA1329: Fairchild A-10C Thunderbolt II #80-0275 of 354th FS Bulldogs, 355th FW, USAF Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 2019. This was the A-10 Solo Demostration team aircraft for 2019. Production run of 800 models.
Length 8.75 inches Wingspan 9.75 inches
A-10C 80-0275 was taken on charge in 1981 as an A-10A, converted to an OA-10A in 1987 and an A-10C in 2008. 80-0275 was assigned to the US Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team in May 2019 and spent August and September being repainted at Davis-Monthan AFB. The new paint scheme resembles a WWII-era P-51 Mustang and will be piloted by Major Cody “ShIV” Wilton, the Demo Team Commander. The team has received an FAA CAT II designation allowing the A-10C to fly within 1,000 feet from the crowd.
Designed to counter criticism that the US Air Force wasn’t serious enough about close air support, the A-10 Thunderbolt II was first flown on May 10, 1972. The Thunderbolt II is a single-seat attack aircraft used to protect ground forces from tanks, armored vehicles and other ground targets. Nicknamed “Warthog,” the A-10 is highly maneuverable at low speeds and low altitude and is capable of short take-offs and landings. It is designed for easy maintenance-many of its parts are interchangeable between the right and left side and it can operate from bases with limited facilities. The A-10 is expected to remain in service until 2028 or beyond.