Hobby Master HA1303 USAF Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 917th Tactical Fighter Wing, Operation Desert Storm, 1991 (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 917th TFW during Operation Desert Storm. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 8.75 inches
Length: 9.75 inches
Release Date: May 2007
Historical Account: "Loiter On-Station" - The Air Force Reserve 917th Wing based at Barksdale AFB LA is a composite wing which operates both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the B-52H Stratofortress. The mission of the 47th Fighter Squadron is to train student pilots to fly the A-10. The primary mission of the 93rd Bomb Squadron is to conduct strategic heavy bombardment and maritime operations in the B-52.
On Dec. 7th, 1993, the 917th Wing at Barksdale became the first Reserve unit equipped with B-52 Stratofortresses when eight bombers arrived.
The Air Force relies more and more on the talents of Air Force reservists to perform its missions and to do it for less if possible. Louisiana's 47th Fighter Squadron is one of the 917th Wing's two flying units; the other flies B-52s. The Squadron is a replacement training unit for A-10 pilots.
The 917th Wing was originally formed as the 917th Troop Carrier Group on Jan. 17th, 1963, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and was assigned to the 435th Troop Carrier Wing. Its mission was to administer and support its assigned 78th Troop Carrier Squadron which was equipped with C-124s.