Hobby Boss Aircraft 1/72 N/AW A-10A Thunderbolt II Kit

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The A-10A, single-seat, fixed-wing, twin-engine, sub-sonic jet aircraft was developed in the late 1960s and early '70s for the USAF close air support (CAS) and ground attack (GA) missions.  Designed as a 'Tank Killer,' it was later assigned a secondary mission, Forward Air Control – Airborne (FAC-A), and re-designated as the OA-10A.  First flown in 1972 and accepted into service in 1977, the A-10A 'Warthog,' or more commonly 'Hawg,' was built around the 30mm GAU-8 'Avenger' rotary canon, its primary weapon, and 11 underwing hard points for munitions, countermeasures and sensors.  Fairchild Republic produced 715 A-10As between 1972 and 1984.

The first prototype A-10A, #73-1664, was converted to the family model configuration to add a Weapons Systems Officer position and to test and evaluate pod-mounted radar, forward looking infrared and low-light TV sensors.  The two vertical tail fins were also extended upward for additional stability.  Officially, '1664' was redesignated as a YA-10B, and may be seen on static display at Edwards AFB, CA.

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