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The twin-ducted-fan power systems produce
an abundance of power, and the A- 10’s light
wing loading gives it a pilot-friendly flight
performance. The AS3X flight-stabilization
technology built into the receiver does a great
job keeping the small Warthog well behaved,
even when there is a bit of a breeze blowing
outside. For outdoor flying from a grass field,
remove the landing gear and hand-launch
the A- 10. It has plenty of power, so an easy
overhand toss is all that’s needed. If you are
flying from a smooth surface, slowly advance
the throttle and let the A- 10 gain airspeed,
keep it running straight with rudder, and lightly
apply a little backpressure on the elevator stick.
As soon as the model lifts off, ease off the back
pressure and let the model gain altitude at a
shallow departure angle.
GenerAl FlIGht PerFormAnce
Stability: The wing has plenty of dihedral for
additional built-in flight stability. With the AS3X
system, the A- 10 has the feel of a much larger
airplane and it is extremely stable, unbothered
by sudden gusts.
Tracking: With the two large functional rudders,
the A- 10 tracks as if it’s on rails. On the ground
as well, there’s little need for rudder correction
to stay in a straight line on takeoff.
Covering the battery compartment is a clear plastic canopy, with a micro pilot
Here, you see the right-side motor impeller in its engine nacelle. The two power
systems provide great thrust for impressive flight performance.
THE FAIRCHILD REPUBLIC A- 10
in production from 1977 to 1984, the Fairchild/Republic a- 10 Thunderbolt ii (also called
the Warthog) was designed for the UsaF as a close-air-support aircraft. intended as
an improvement on the available performance of the douglas a-1 skyraider (which was
also relatively slow, had light firepower, and was vulnerable to ground fire), the a- 10
was designed around the 30mm GaU- 8 avenger rotary cannon. its airframe was also
designed for durability, which included titanium armor plating to protect the cockpit
and aircraft systems, enabling the a- 10 to absorb a significant amount of damage and
keep on flying.
Going through several upgrades, the a- 10 has avoided several congressional
attempts to retire it. With its exceptional service record, it served in operation desert
shield and operation desert storm against iraq’s invasion of kuwait. also participating
in other conflicts, such as those in Grenada, the Balkans, afghanistan, and iraq, and
against isis in the middle east, the plane has had various airframe modifications,
improvements, and wing replacements that have extended the a- 10’s service life, now
expected to extend to 2040.