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US$11,798 million
US$17,716 per hour
close support
GE TF-34-100
2- 9,065 lbs. ea.
21,540 lbs.
50,000 lbs.
1- 30 mm
16,000 lbs.
53 ft. 4 in.
57 ft. 6 in.
345 mph
440 mph
6,000 fpm
45,000 feet
800 miles

RC-A-10 Nitro
RC A-10

The NitroPlanes RC A-10 has a wingspan of 42 1/2 in. and length of 39 in. Included with the ARF are BL EDF motors. It is available in a wide variety of color schemes.

The origins of the A-10, called Warthog, originally produced by Fairchild Republic, trace back to around 1970. At the time, the U.S.A.F. wanted a ground attack aircraft capable of going up against the heaviest armor of the Soviet Union.

RC A-10 Flying
RC A-10

Flying Styro's RC A-10 has a wingspan of 39 in. and length of 53 in. Recommended power comes from Jet Screamer motors driving 56 mm XF fan units.

Fighter planes used in the ground attack role proved vulnerable to enemy fire during the Korean and Vietnam wars. The U.S.A.F. wanted a dedicated ground attack aircraft that could take punishment from enemy fire, deliver a heavy weapons load, and bring its crew back unharmed.

RC A-10 Mibo Jets
RC A-10

The great looking Mibo Jets RC A-10 has a wingspan of 118 in. and a length of 108 in. You can power it with two turbines that produce from 18 to 27 lbs of thrust each. All up weight is about 53 lbs.

The A-10 was the answer that the U.S.A.F. was looking for. They deliver a powerful punch, can carry a heavy weapons load, can deliver their ordnance with accuracy, can withstand punishment, and bring their crews home safe and sound.

RC A-10 J Power's
RC A-10

JPower's RC A-10 has a wingspan of 49 in., a length of 45 in., and a weight of about 2.8 lbs. Included are motors turning 64 mm EDF's, retracts, and a flight battery.

The A-10 was specifically designed to fly low-level missions against enemy armor and artillery in a battlefield environment. It has large control surfaces on wings which produce a great amount of lift at slow speeds. The combination provides the aircraft with excellent maneuverability while carrying heavy loads. Unlike conventional fighter aircraft, due to its short take off and landing distances, the A-10 can operate near front lines on short, unfinished landing strips.

RC A-10 Hobby-Lobby
RC A-10

Hobby-Lobby has a RC A-10 that is a foamy. It has a 39 in. wingspan with a length of 35 in. Weight is about 2 lb. 2 oz. You will need a pair of motors turning 56 mm EDF units for power.

The turbofan jet engines of the A-10 are very efficient. This permits a long mission loiter time. In addition, the heat signature of the engines is less than that of turbojet engines. This makes them less vulnerable to attack from heat seeking missiles. Location of the engines is high in the rear fuselage, also giving them protection from ground fire.

RC A-10

The GWS RC A-10 has a wingspan of 38 in. and a length of 34 in. Recommended power comes from EDF 50 motors driving EDF 2030X5 fan units.

The primary weapon of the A-10 is its Gatling gun. Most of the space in the nose of the aircraft is taken up by the gun and its ammunition. The gun can fire 30 mm armor piercing shells at a rate of 35 rounds per second. A single shell contacting a vital point has been known to destroy a tank from one mile away. The airplane is also armed with bombs, rockets, and armor-piercing missiles. For night missions, pilots are equipped with night-vision goggles.

RC A-10 Combat
RC A-10

Combat Models RC A-10 has a wingspan of 51 in. and a length of 47 in. You can power it with from .40 to .50 pusher engines, .21 to .25 ducted fan engine units, or the equivalent electric ducted fan motor units.

Ground attack A-10 were first deployed in 1977, primarily in Europe. They were in combat against Iraqi forces during the Gulf War in 1991 when they neutralized over 1,200 enemy artillery batteries, over 1,000 tanks, and some 2,000 vehicles. They were in action in Bosnia and Herzegovinia from 1994 to 1995 and again in 1999.

RC A-10

Electric Jet Factory's RC A-10 has a fiberglass fuselage, and a 51 in. wingspan. Included are two 70 mm EDF units. Recommended power comes from EJF 2W EDF motors.

The airplane is built for survivability. All major control systems have at least dual redundancy. Its cockpit is surrounded by titanium armor capable of repelling small arms fire. Internal and external self sealing retardant foam protects the fuel tanks. Important controls can continue to function even without hydraulic pressure. Many of the parts of the airplane can be used interchangeably on either side of the aircraft. This includes the vertical stabilizers, engines, and main landing gear.

 A-10 Aero-Naut Modellbau
RC A-10

RC A-10: Aeron-naut Modellbau has two models. Both have the same dimensions, with the difference being that one is an all wood kit and the other has a GRP fuselage. Specifications are: Wingspan - 51 1/2 in., length - 40 in, all up weight - 3 1/2 lbs. Power can be from two speed 400 to 480 motors or two Turbo-Fan 1000 units.

In November 2009 the USAF awarded Lockheed Martin some $7,700,000 in additional contracts for A-10 upgrades. Among them are a fuel management system, plus wing and air frame enhancements to extend service life.

RC A-10: Dare Hobby's has a wingspan of 30 1/2 in. and length is 28 in. The kit is a Pat Tritle design. For power you will need two EPF 200 fan units.

The A-10 was also used in support of the 2003 United States invasion of Iraq. Most recently they have conducted missions in Afghanistan and Libya.

RC A-10: Starmax has a wingspan of 42 in., its length is 39 in., and its weight is about 31 oz. It comes with retractable landing gear, plus motors turning 64 mm EDF units.

A total of 715 A-10 aircraft were produced of which some 365 are still deployed.

RC A-10: Scale RC Models has a 78 in. wingspan and a 70 in. length. You will need from .45 to .78 engines turning Turbax fan units for power.

Recently the United States House of Representatives voted to keep the A-10 in operation until at least 2016.

RC A-10: Precision Cut Kits has 75 in. wingspan. Plans are also available from them.

RC A-10: Uncle Willies Plans has a pusher prop with a wingspan of 56 in. It needs a .40 2C engine.

RC A-10: Air Age Store has plans from Keith Sparks. Wingspan is 61 in., length is 50 in., and power is from twin .25 two cycle engines. Weight is about 7 1/2 lbs.

RC A-10: Plans can be found at the Air Age Store. Construction is a wood fuselage with foamy wings. Wingspan is 48 in. and engines can be from .15 - .25 two cycle.

RC A-10: Plans from Air Age Store are from John Kidd. Wingspan is 56 in. with a 45 in. length. You can use 1/2A engines for power.

RC A-10: Tom Henderson emailed to let us know that "Riccs has the RC A-10. I don't know its specs."

RC A-10: ECrater's has a 38 in. wingspan and is 34 in. long. Power is by Speed 380 type motors. Weight is about 1 lb.

RC A-10: Wowplanes wingspan is 73 in. and it is 67 in. long. A pair of brushless motors driving 90 mm EDF units are needed to power it. Weight should be around 13 lbs.

RC A-10: Happy Sun Toys A-10 has a wingspan of 34 in. and is available with brushed or brushless motors.

RC A-10: Dianzhe's has a 38 in. wingspan with power by Speed 370 motors.

RC A-10: Shantou's has a 38 in. wingspan, and 370 size motors turning 50 mm EDF units for power.

RC A-10: Traplet Publications has plans for a 50 in. wingspan with power coming from Speed 600 motors turning EDF's. Weight is about 4 1/2 lbs.

RC A-10: Tom Sickles' has a wingspan of 74 in. and length of 65 in. It uses unspecified turbine power.

Jim Marksemailed us this review of his RC A-10 from NitroPlanes:

The RC A-10 by NitroPlanes arrived in a sturdy box. It was well packed with lots of reinforcements to prevent damage to the model inside.

It is very complete and has few parts. It was ready to fly in just one night.

Once all the batteries were charged, I check out the control linkages. You want to make sure that they are centered and do not have too little or two much throw. If you have a radio with dual rates, you can dial in minimal throws for faster maneuvers, and maximum throws, with lots of exponential, for aerobatics and slower maneuvers.

The RC A-10 has a flight speed that is very scale-like. It isn't a speed demon, but neither is the actual aircraft. However, it does excel in doing just about any maneuver I am capable of performing. It needs a little dive to build up speed if you want to do a good loop.

For all of its great maneuverability, the RC A-10 flies like a trainer. You can throttle way back and slowly pull up the nose to induce a stall. It will eventually stop flying without dropping a wing and just fall-off forward towards the ground. Just give it a little forward stick and increase power to get it flying again.

About the only mild surprise I had was while first landing. The RC A-10 will really slow down, but keep on flying. In fact, for my first landing, I was just a little fast. The airplane got into ground effect and needed almost our entire runway to settle in. Now I keep the nose up with landing speeds way down, and don't have any problems.

All in all, to close this review, I would have to say that the RC A-10 is a good value for the money straight out of the box. - Regards, Jim"

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