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How Many A10 Thunderbolts Were Made?

Sun Nov 12, 2006 2:49 am

Can anyone tell me how many A10 airplanes were made, and what happened to the manufacturer of this great aircraft?
 
RichardPrice
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RE: How Many A10 Thunderbolts Were Made?

Sun Nov 12, 2006 3:30 am

715 A-10 examples were built by Fairchild Republic, which bought Dornier in 1996 and was subsequently bought in 2003 by M7 Aerospace
 
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RE: How Many A10 Thunderbolts Were Made?

Sun Nov 12, 2006 3:47 am

I'd go with Richard's figure, as a search of my own had several numbers, all just over the 700 odd off the top of my head.
Also, it agrees with this link, which has serial number details, thus making it the most likely to be right;
http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=3205

But here are the other links I looked up, some with different numbers, but worth a look anyway;
http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/a-10/
http://www.aerospaceweb.org/aircraft/attack/a10/
http://www.danshistory.com/a10.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-10_Thunderbolt
http://www.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?fsID=70

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.
 
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RE: How Many A10 Thunderbolts Were Made?

Sun Nov 12, 2006 4:27 am

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 1):
715 A-10 examples were built by Fairchild Republic

Does this include the only Twoseater YA-10B FY73-1664?

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sonic67
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RE: How Many A10 Thunderbolts Were Made?

Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:23 pm

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?

 
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RE: How Many A10 Thunderbolts Were Made?

Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:38 pm

Quoting sonic67 (Reply 4):
From what I can see it would have been useful as a trainer and for specialized missions where a second person could be useful.

The A-10 was thought to be easy enough to fly, and it was not seen as an aircraft for high-end missions.

Quoting sonic67 (Reply 4):
Also why was it's service life cut so short?

A single aircraft is often of little use if you aren't going to put in into production.
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RE: How Many A10 Thunderbolts Were Made?

Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:31 pm

Well, as a former Airborne Infantryman all I can say is, "I love that aircraft"!!! And I don't care what anybody says, it's a beautiful looking aircraft as well!

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RE: How Many A10 Thunderbolts Were Made?

Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:34 pm

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.
 
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RE: How Many A10 Thunderbolts Were Made?

Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:21 am

Its a nice assets to have in a conflict like Afghanistan. Its a good assets to have on your side when pinned down from enemy fire. That canon just sounds scary, a bringer of death.
 
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RE: How Many A10 Thunderbolts Were Made?

Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:49 am

I agree personally I think they need to build another 700 of them just so we have them. This is a very valuable aircraft to our boots on the ground.

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