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Dynam A-10 Warthog Review Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 19:36


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The plane designed around a gun. The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II 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 requirement to provide close air support (CAS) for ground forces by attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with a limited air interdiction capability. It is the first U.S. Air Force aircraft designed solely for close air support.

The A-10 was designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a heavy rotary cannon which forms the aircraft's primary armament (and is, to date, the largest weapon 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 expected to be replaced in 2028 or later. The A-10 holds a crew of 1 and is powered by 2 GE TF34-GE-100a turbofans capable of delivering a top speed of 518mph and a service ceiling of 45,000 feet.\

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 July 2011 19:51
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Airfield T-28 Trojan Review Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 21:21


History

The North American Aviation T-28 Trojan was a piston-engined military trainer aircraft used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950s. Besides its use as a trainer, the T-28 was successfully employed as a Counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War. On September 24, 1949, the T-28 was flown for the first time, designed to replace the T-6 Texan. Found satisfactory, a contract was issued and between 1950 and 1957, a total of 1,948 were built. The plane could hold a crew of two with its 40 foot wingspan. It had a max takeoff weight of 8,500 lbs and was powered by a 1,424HP 1× Wright R-1820-86 Cyclone radial engine that could reach a max speed of 340mph and has a service ceiling of 39,000 ft.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 04:30
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Exceed-RC Mig-15 Review Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 23:09

History

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 was a jet fighter developed for the USSR by Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich. The MiG-15 was one of the first successful swept-wing jet fighters, and it achieved fame in the skies over Korea, where early in the war, it outclassed all straight-winged enemy fighters in daylight. With over 12,000 built the MiG-15 is believed to have been one of the most widely produced jet aircraft ever made. The MiG-15 is often mentioned along with the North American F-86 Sabre in lists of the best fighter aircraft of the Korean War and in comparison with fighters of other eras. The MiG is powered by a Klimov VK-1 turbojet capable of thrusting the jet to a max speed of 668mph.


Last Updated on Friday, 17 June 2011 21:53
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Airfield AT6 Texan 800mm Mini-Review Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 June 2011 20:18

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The North American Aviation T-6 Texan was a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1950s. Designed by North American Aviation, the T-6 is known by a variety of designations depending on the model and operating air force. The USAAC designated it as the "AT-6", the US Navy the "SNJ", and British Commonwealth air forces, the Harvard, the name it is best known by outside of the United States. It remains a popular warbird aircraft. The AT-6 carries a crew of two (student and instructor) and is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 WASP radial engine which produces 600hp. The Texan has a maximum speed of 208 mph and a service ceiling of 24,200.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 June 2011 21:50
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Hobby King B-17G Review Print E-mail
Friday, 10 June 2011 23:26


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The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed in the 1930s for the then-United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry outperformed both competitors and more than met the Air Corps' expectations. Although Boeing lost the contract because the prototype crashed, the Air Corps was so impressed with Boeing's design that they ordered 13 more B-17s for further evaluation. From its introduction in 1938, the B-17 Flying Fortress evolved through numerous design advances.

The B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The United States Eighth Air Force based at Thorpe Abbotts airfield in England and the Fifteenth Air Force based in Italy complemented the RAF Bomber Command's nighttime area bombing in Operation Pointblank to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for Operation Overlord. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the War in the Pacific where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields.

From its pre-war inception, the USAAC (later USAAF) touted the aircraft as a strategic weapon; it was a potent, high-flying, long-range bomber that was able to defend itself, and to return home despite extensive battle damage. It quickly took on mythic proportions, and widely circulated stories and photos of B-17s surviving battle damage increased its iconic status. With a service ceiling greater than any of its Allied contemporaries, the B-17 established itself as an effective weapons system, dropping more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II. Of the 1.5 million metric tons of bombs dropped on Germany by U.S. aircraft, 640,000 tons were dropped from B-17s.

The B-17 held a crew of 10 and was powered by 4 Wright R-1820-97 radial engines which produced 1,200 hp each. The maximum speed was 287 mph with a service ceiling of 35,600 feet.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 July 2011 03:26
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