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The A-10 Thunderbolt II is one of those uniquely identifiable aircraft; it truly is unmistakable. It was built for a purpose and it has served that purpose exceptionally well for decades. Though not as prevalent now as they once were, the airplane is still due to remain in USAF service for at least a few more years it appears. Interestingly, the aircraft retirement has been announced and subsequently postponed multiple times as there just isn’t a direct replacement for the airplane that’s currently in service. A testament to just how good and effective the airplane is at what it does in the ground attack support role.
So, seeing the new E-flite A-10 Thunderbolt II twin 64mm EDF and the features it includes, I was excited at the opportunity to try out the airplane. The airplane is a great transportable size, but still features retracts and oleos as well as a full complement of external stores which I was really happy to see. After flying the airplane I was blown away as the airplane had incredible performance with a wide speed envelope feeling much bigger in the air than it was. It was extremely fun!
AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY NOTES
Assembly of the “Hog” is an easy prospect as the airplane is broken down into the major tail and wing sub-assemblies. The process begins with gluing the horizontal tail in place followed by the vertical tails all using medium CA. It’s important to test fit these parts first the ensure the servo wires are cleared away so the tails fully seat in place. Also, there are Continue reading