Hobby Master HA1311 USAF Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II Ground Attack Aircraft - "Killer Chick", 75th Fighter Squadron, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq, April 7th, 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 nicknamed "Killer Chick", and attached to the 75th Fighter Squadron, then participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom, on April 7th, 2003. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 8.75 inches
Length: 9.75 inches
Release Date: February 2010
Historical Account: "Tiger Sharks" - On May 18th, 1972, the squadron was redesignated the 75th Tactical Fighter Squadron, and on July 1st, 1972 was activated at England Air Force Base, Louisiana. There the squadron began flying the A-7D "Corsair II" aircraft. The unit has remained at England Air Force Base since then, flying the A-7D until 1981 when conversion to the A-10 "Thunderbolt II" was completed.
On November 18th, 1991, the 75th Tactical Fighter Squadron deactivated at England Air Force Base. On April 3rd, 1992, the squadron was again activated, this time under the "Flying Tiger" flag as the 75th Fighter Squadron located at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina.