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A-10A Thunderbolt II "Cajuns" 926th Fighter Wing, AFRC New Orleans, Operation Enduring Freedom, Bagram, Afghanistan
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 June 1982 the 926th TFG converted to the A-10 Thunderbolt II. In 1990 and 1991 they participated in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. In 1992 the group was re-designated the 926th FG and converted to F-16's only to re-designated 926th FW in October 1994. In 1995 the 926th FW began conversion to the A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II which was completed in September 1997. After September 11, 2001 the 926th deployed to Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in early 2002.
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