Hobby Master HA1302 USAF Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 74th Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group, Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003 (1:72 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
The A-10 and OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs are the first Air Force aircraft designed specifically for close air support of ground forces. They are simple, effective, and highly survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, especially tanks and other armored vehicles. The first production A-10A was delivered to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ., in October 1975.
The aircraft can carry a wide variety of ordnance under its wings and nose, loiter on-station for long periods of time, and fly over a wide combat radius, making it an ideal warrior on today's battlefield. In the Gulf War, A-10s, with a mission capable rate of 95.7 percent, flew 8,100 sorties and launched 90 percent of the AGM-65 Maverick missiles used in-country.
This particular 1:72 scale replica of an A-10A Warthog was assigned to the 74th Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 9.75 inches
Length: 8.75 inches
Release Date: March 2007
Historical Account: "Nap of the Earth" - The 23d Fighter Group is an air combat unit of the United States Air Force. During World War II it was based in China and was the successor to the Flying Tigers.
Currently based at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, the group is assigned as a second operations group of the newly-redesignated 23d Wing at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. Both organizations serve as part of the Ninth Air Force and Air Combat Command. The 23d Fighter Group's primary missions are forward air control, close air support, air interdiction and combat search and rescue operations.
The 23d Fighter Group, working with the 43d Airlift Wing also at Pope Air Force Base, is a self-sustaining unit available for deployment worldwide at short notice to provide an airborne forced entry capability in conjunction with the United States Army.
The group has two operational squadrons assigned: the 74th and the 75th Fighter Squadrons both flying A-10 light attack aircraft. The aircraft assigned to the group have the unique "Shark Teeth" nose art on them. The 23rd Fighter Group's A-10s are the only Air Force aircraft authorized to carry this distinctive and historical aircraft marking.