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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series HA1311
Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II Diecast Model
USAF 23rd TFW, 75th TFS Flying Tigers, #81-0987, Kim Campbell, Iraq, April 2003

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II   8.75"   9.75"

On April 7 2003 Capt. Kim Campbell of the 75th FS deployed in her A-10A Warthog. As part of the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing during OIF the mission was to provide close air support over Baghdad for ground troops. Ready to begin the return flight her aircraft was struck by enemy fire destroying all hydraulic systems. After a brief time Capt. Campbell realized she was going to have to fly the aircraft without hydraulic assistance or bail out over Baghdad, which really wasn't an option in her mind. Her flight lead assessed the damage and determined that the aircraft had hits to the rear, including the horizontal stabilizer, tail section and engine cowling. Luckily the damage didn't affect the flight control surfaces or landing gear. There were two options now, continue to fly the aircraft clear of Baghdad and bail out or try to return to base and attempt a landing. Capt. Campbell felt the aircraft was operating well so return to base became the priority. The aircraft made a safe landing and the next problem was staying on the runway and stopping. Without hydraulics there are no speed brakes, brakes or steering. When it was all over Capt. Campbell praised the A-10 for its ability to sustain heavy damage and continue to fly. This occurrence earned Capt. Kim Campbell the nickname "Killer Chick".

Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II

Designed to counter criticism that the US Air Force wasn't serious enough about close air support, the A-10 Thunderbolt II was first flown on May 10, 1972. The Thunderbolt II is a single-seat attack aircraft used to protect ground forces from tanks, armored vehicles and other ground targets. Nicknamed "Warthog," the A-10 is highly maneuverable at low speeds and low altitude and is capable of short take-offs and landings. It is designed for easy maintenanceómany of its parts are interchangeable between the right and left side and it can operate from bases with limited facilities. The A-10 is expected to remain in service until 2028 or beyond.

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Hobby Master's 1:72 scale A-10 Thunderbolt II has crisp panel lines and a high-quality finish. The hinged canopy opens to expose beautifully recreated front and side instrument panels, control stick and seat. Other fine details include a slightly offset 30 mm gatling-gun barrel with cooling vents, a Pave Penny pod below the cockpit, several ventral mounted antenna and prominent high fuselage-mounted engine nacelles that provide an unobstructed view of the turbo fan's blades. The solid metal wing features cambered control surfaces and main gear nacelles, and a complete set of removable under-wing mounted ordnance has been included for multiple configuration options.

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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

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