Hobby Master HA1315 USAF Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - 926th Fighter Wing "Ragin Cajuns," New Orleans ANG, Operation Enduring Freedom, Bagram, Afghanistan (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 a US A-10A Warthog was attached to the 926th Fighter Wing "Ragin Cajuns," New Orleans ANG, then participating in Operation Enduring Freedom, while deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 8.75 inches
Length: 9.75 inches
Release Date: October 2012
Historical Account: "Associates" - The 926th Group is an associate unit to the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis AFB. The unit provides combat-ready reservists to the USAFWC as sustained expertise integrated at the operational and tactical levels of warfare. It continuously conducts combat operations, operational test and evaluation, tactics development, and advanced training to warfighters.
The 926th GP also supports the U.S. Air Force's first Unmanned Aircraft Systems wing, the 432d Wing/432d AEW, equipped with more than 100 MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft, in its mission to train pilots, sensor operators and other UAS crewmembers, and conduct combat surveillance and attack operations worldwide.