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A-10 Thunderbolt II "Warthog"                     Download Instruction Manual

The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, straight-wing twin jet engine aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic for the USAF to provide air support of ground forces by attacking tanks, armoured vehicles, and other ground targets, also opportunistic behind lines ground attack.
It is the first U.S. Air Force aircraft designed exclusively for close air support, intended to have long loiter time at the battlefield, low-speed agility, massive cannon firepower, and extreme survivability; an aircraft combining the best elements of the tankbusters Ilyushin Il-2, Henschel Hs 129 and A-1 Skyraider .

In WWII the German Stuka Ace Hans-Ulrich Rudel flew the Ju 87G Stuka, with 2 underwing 37 mm guns.  He destroyed 519 tanks, 70 assault craft/landing boats, 150 self-propelled guns, 4 trains, and 800 other vehicles; 9 planes, a battleship, 2 cruisers and a destroyer. His spectacular record influenced the decision to make the 30 mm Avanger Gatling gun the main anti-tank weapon of the A-10. It fires large depleted uranium armour-piercing shells, at 3,900 rounds per minute

The A-10's official name comes from the P-47 Thunderbolt, which was effective at close air support in WWII. However, the A-10 is universally known by its nickname "Warthog".
The cockpit and parts of the flight-control system are protected by 900 pounds of titanium armour, referred to as a titanium "bathtub". The tub has been tested to withstand strikes from 23 mm cannon fire and some strikes from 57 mm rounds.

At first the Air Force command preferred the AH-64 Apache Attack helicopter due to it's ability to loiter. But the 1991 Gulf War proved that the A-10 can get to and from the battlefield faster, delivering enormous firepower while there, and is more damage resistant. Having served it's expected lifespan with no signs of obsolesence, the A-10's are still unsurpassed in these roles. Heavily used in Afghanistan, they are now expected to continue until 2028.

 

Our model, produced by Aeronaut in Germany is designed to take either brushless propellers, or brushless ducted fans using the optional jet nascelles kit. The builder can make it simple, or make it more complex, as preferred.
 

Control is via elevator, rudder (optional), ailerons and throttle. The ailerons are operated by two micro servos in the wings, so differential aileron can be programmed into a computer radio to make turns more accurate.

 

The twin EDF version used twin 600 size (brushless) motors and needs a larger battery which makes this version heavier and more complex. This one flies faster.
The twin 480 prop version has better acceleration from a standing start, and it's smaller battery weighs less, so this version is less demanding of pilot skills. The 480 motors drive two 6 x 5 or 6.5 x 4 props, and it flies really well with this setup.

 

Specification:       Description
The fuselage is pre-made epoxy fibreglass and only requires a few wood frames glued inside to stiffen it for use. For the cockpit there is moulded clear canopy.
The wings and tail are supplied as pre-cut balsa ribs for conventional building on a board. Nascelles for the twin prop version are included.
The twin EDF version can be made lighter by omitting the supplied undercarraige, and launching by a bungee catapult for belly landings. This means that no rudder (for taxi-ing on runway) is necessary, and even more weight is saved. This gives the EDF version a very high performance.
Access to the battery tray, and internal radio controls is by the removable clear cockpit canopy.
Wingspan  ca. 1310 mm   
Length  ca. 1005 mm   
Wing area  ca. 24.76 dmē   
Weight (10 cells)  ca. 1500-1650 g   
Wing load  varies with version  
Contents:
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Detailed building instructions and plans
- Epoxy fibreglass fuselage and moulded motor nascelles for 480 version
- Pre-cut rib wings (balsa) for conventional all-wood construction
- Removable clear canopy and spring loaded canopy latch
- Decal Sheet
- Parts to finish the plane: undercarriage, wheels, small items, linkage hardware pack
          
RC functions:
Rudder
Elevator
Aileron
Throttle
          

Green Hobby & Model, the R/C source
38 Clareville Road, Harolds Cross, Dublin 6W
Tel (01) 4928776 , Fax (01) 4979946
Sales Norman or Patrick

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