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A-10A Thunderbolt II 81st TFW Wing Commander, RAF Bentwaters 1986
General Background
A-10 was the first USAF aircraft designed specifically for “Close Air Support ” (CAS) . It can be described as the outcome of the experience gained in the Vietnam War and the threats of the Soviet Union armor forces during the Cold War era. The first A-10A “Thunderbolt II” was delivered October 1975 and deployment in March 1976.

A-10's pilot is protected by titanium armor around his seat and the canopy isa large bubble canopy which provides all-round vision. The aircraft is designed with dual engines and the self-sealing fuel cells are protected by internal and external foam . Extra titanium is used to protect some flight control system parts of the aircraft. All these insure the plane and pilot's safety from enemy fires.
The Aircraft
In 1972 the standard tail code for the 81st TFW became WR. On August 24th the first 3 aircraft arrived for maintenance training and on December 8, 1978 the first A-10 arrived for active service. Operations continued at Bentwaters until March 23, 1993 when the last 2 A-10’s departed for their new home at Spangdahlem AB, Germany. The 81st TFW was deactivated and on July 1, 1993 Bentwaters was formally closed. Up until that date there had been an American presence for 42 years.
Specifications :
Crew : One
Main role : A-10 - close air support, OA-10 - airborne forward air control
Manufacturer : Fairchild Republic Co.
Power Plants : Two General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofans
Thrust : 9,065 pounds per engine
Length : 16.16 meters
Height : 4.42 meters
Wingspan : 17.42 meters Speed: 420 miles per hour (Mach 0.56)
Ceiling : 13,636 meters
Maximum Takeoff Weight : 22,950 kg.
Range : 800 miles (695 nautical miles)
Armament : One 30 mm GAU-8/A seven-barrel Gatling gun (fixed)
  Maximum 7,200 kg of mixed ordnance including :
225 kg “ Mk-82 ” and 900 kg “ 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 ,
jamming pods ,
6.99 cm (2.75in.) rockets ,
illumination flares ,
AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles