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The A-10A Thunderbolt II is a close air support attacker jet that is featured in Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction and Mercenaries 2: World in Flames.

OverviewEdit

Airstrikes

Three A-10s in Mercenaries 2 (either a glitch or a really rare occurrence)

Seen in both the first and second Mercenaries games, the A-10 is responsible for many airstrikes by the Allied Forces, most notably, the Cluster Bomb and Tank Buster. The A-10A is obviously owned and operated by the Allied Nations, as can be deduced from the pilots' accent and tone of voice.

Mercenaries 2: World in FlamesEdit

In Mercenaries 2, Allied Nations A-10s occasionally do flybys at low enough altitude to be able to clearly distinguish the aircraft type. They deliver the Tank Buster airstrike as well as the UP tank attack.

Real LifeEdit

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An A-10 in flight

Some of this information was used from the Wikipedia Article on the A-10 Thunderbolt II The Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II is one of the strongest bombers in the modern world.

Originally produced by Fairchild Republic as a close support fighter, the experimental YA-10A was tested against its competitor, the Northrop Grumman YA-9A, and was chosen for its superior abilities in combat sorties. After this time, the Air Force selected the YA-10A for production in 1973.

Nicknamed the "Warthog", or sometimes, the "Hog", it is named for its incredibly loud noise as it flies at its max speed. Its full name however, is derived from the P-47 Thunderbolt, an American fighter/close air support craft of World War II.

The first produced A-10 flew in 1972, with operational capability achieved in 1977. This versatile aircraft can operate beneath a ceiling of 45,000 feet, with a top speed of 510 miles per hour, making it much more suited for close air support roles than fast moving fighter planes.

The A-10 fleet is being modified up to A-10C standard and is scheduled to stay in service with the U.S.A.F. until 2028, or later. The A-10 carries three different designations; Thunderbolt, Warthog, and Fairchild.

DesignEdit

The A-10 was designed from the outset for the close air support (CAS) mission to replace the A-1 Skyraider and A-7 Corsair II in the Air Force inventory.

Certain sacrifices were made to allow the aircraft unparalleled maneuverability (for a an attack jet), durability, and loiter time. The aircraft was also designed with a built in protection against SAMs by deflecting the aircraft's heat signature, as at most times the aircraft's exhaust nozzles are blocked by control surfaces.

The pilot sits in a titanium 'bathtub' that can withstand hits up to 23mm in caliber. The aircraft is centered on the General Electric GAU-8A 'Avenger' seven barreled 30mm cannon capable of firing at rates of 70 rounds per second. The preferred round in the anti-tank mission is the 30mm depleted uranium round, because of its excellent penetrative power.

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