Fairchild Republic, took a bad hit when their follow on programme to the A-10, the T-46 jst trainer, was axed in the mid 80's.
T-46, an ungainly looking, twin turbofan, twin tail aircraft, was subject to cost escalation and production delays, perhaps also in the end not being a marketable basic trainer on the world market, with the arrival of high performance but much cheaper, turboprops such as the Tucano and Swiss PC-7/PC-9 etc.
Fairchild with SAAB, developed the SF.340 commuter aircraft, an attempt to be less reliant on the Pentagon, however it exited the programme well before the rewards of it's sales were realised, but now just to SAAB's benefit, for what reason, I don't know.
sonic67 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6690 times:
When I was at the Edwards open house several years back I ran into the two seat A-10B Warthog version. From what It said about the plane one single A-10 was donated to Fairchild Republic from the USAF back in 1978 to convert to a two seat vertion night attack. It had some advanced capability that where later integrated in to the A-10A such as a addition of a radar pod, flir pod,
Why did the US USAF not like the idea of the A-10B? From what I can see it would have been useful as a trainer and for specialized missions where a second person could be useful. From what I can see the single A-10B was tested,evaluated and then retired in 1982. Also why was it's service life cut so short?
XT6Wagon From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 3302 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5425 times:
Quoting ptrjong (Reply 5): The A-10 was thought to be easy enough to fly, and it was not seen as an aircraft for high-end missions.
The USAF also had an excuse list a mile long for any question for why a 2 seat A-10 might be good. It largely amounted to "look, you got way more out of us than we wanted, go play with your helicopters" any time someone mentioned the A10.