The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II (ICAO: A10 / WAKE: MEDIUM) is a close air support, twin-engine, straight wing jet aircraft. Created in Second Life by the Nexgen Aviation, the aircraft was based on the real-life A-10 Thunderbolt II developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s.
The real-life A-10 Thunderbolt II is the only United States Air Force (USAF) production aircraft designed solely for close air support, including attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with limited air defenses. 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 nicknames "Warthog" or "Hog". Its secondary mission is to provide airborne forward air control, directing other aircraft in attacks on ground targets.
The A-10 was designed around the 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon that is its primary armament. The A-10's airframe was designed for durability, with measures such as 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of titanium aircraft armour to protect the cockpit and aircraft systems, enabling it to absorb a significant amount of damage and continue flying. The A-10A single-seat variant was the only version built, though one A-10A was converted to an A-10B twin-seat version. In 2005, a program was begun to upgrade remaining A-10A aircraft to the A-10C configuration.
- Pilot's heads-up display (HUD) attachment.
- Animated components (canopy and landing gear).
- VICE & TCS combat systems with:
- x2 heavy machine guns.
- AGM-65G/H Maverick and AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles.
- GBU-24 Paveway III guided bombs.
- CBU-87 cluster-bombs.
- ACES II emergency ejection system.
- Optional FlySafe mode.
- Optional DSA fuel system.
- Available in x3 purchasable variants (USAF grey, USAF desert, and USAF green).