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A-10 Thunderbolt  by Walter Colvin


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3d fine art render of a Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt.

The Fairchild Republic A-10 is an American single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. The A-10 was designed for a United States Air Force (USAF) requirement to provide close air support (CAS) for ground forces by attacking tanks and other armored vehicles, and other ground targets with a limited air defense capability. It was the first USAF aircraft designed solely for CAS.

The A-10 was designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a heavy rotary cannon that forms the aircraft’s primary armament. (It is, to date, the heaviest rotary cannon ever mounted on an aircraft.) The aircraft’s hull incorporates over 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of armor and was designed with survivability as a priority, with protective measures in place which enable the aircraft to continue flying even after taking significant damage.

The A-10’s official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support. The A-10 is more commonly known by its nickname “Warthog” or simply “Hog”. As a secondary mission, it provides airborne forward air control, guiding other aircraft against ground targets. A-10s used primarily in this role are designated OA-10. The A-10 is not expected to be replaced until 2028 or later.


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  • michael kenny
    michael kennyover 1 year ago

    Beautiful artwork Walter. I wonder what that rectangular shaped object is just below the canopy.

  • Thank you Michael. Like my friend Neil said it is a Laser Pave Penny tracking pod that guides the Laser missiles.

    – Walter Colvin

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 1 year ago

    Awesome looking!!!

  • Thank you My friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Woodie
    Woodieover 1 year ago

    Great artwork Walter
    Michael below
    It’s a Pave Penny laser search and tracking pod.
    Cheers Neil

  • Thank you very much for explaining the tracking pod Neil. I should have that in the discription. Thank you my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Woodie
    Woodieover 1 year ago

    That should read Michael above. cheers N

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 1 year ago

    Excellent Walter.

  • Thank you my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 1 year ago

    A really terrific capture of beauty and power!!! Bill

  • Thank you very much my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Sazzart
    Sazzartover 1 year ago

    Terrific construction & render on this ‘Warthog’ :-)

  • Thank you my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...over 1 year ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Thank you Colin

    – Walter Colvin

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 1 year ago

    Good one Walter. – Ted

  • Thank you Ted.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 1 year ago

    Excellent Walter!! :)

  • Thank you Keith.

    – Walter Colvin

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