A-10 Thunderbolt II (aka Warthog)
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The A-10 Thunderbolt II on display in the SPH.

  • I included the aka in the craft name since odds are people would most likely know this as the Warthog. At the same time, I wanted to include the name that it was given before the popular nickname.
  • For the Gatling gun in the front, I used an retracted Gigantor panel. WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT EXTEND IT!
  • Balancing the CoM and CoL so that the plane won’t be so nose-heavy, tail-heavy during takeoff, and (for that matter) actually fly was a nightmare. After looking at CrissMatt’s (armed) Warthog, I used engine nacelles for air intakes and realized I needed to drain the FRONT tanks as opposed to the rear ones.
  • I installed small hardpoints on the wings to mimic the real Warthog’s impressive weapons capacity. Unfortunately, since I didn’t have BDArmory anymore (and I had trouble using guided weapons systems when I did), this version is more or less unarmed. On the bright side, that means you can add whatever weapons you want.
  • Underneath the fuselage, I included fireworks to mimic the A-10 dropping some air-to-surface ordinance. This aircraft has 24 shots in it, so use them sparingly.


Before a weapons test could be performed, this prototype had to undergo a cruise test. With that knowledge, the military would get a better assessment of what the plane was capable of and how to deploy them in combat.
Here, we see Victor Kerman, Val’s older brother, after flying over Alt Test Mountains. Before he was cleared to go interplanetary, he volunteered to get certified in flying attack aircraft. As part of the test, he had to do a cruise flight of an unarmed Warthog from the KSC.

The Warthog flying over the desert with 110 fuel units left after covering 728 km.

  • In his mission report, Victor stated that he didn’t care about the plane’s combat range since If you do your job right, you’d have leveled the enemy enough to make a new airstrip.

Real-life Counterpart Performance Stats

(A-10C Thunderbolt II)

Maximum Speed: 381 kn (439 mph OR ~196 m/s) at sea level

  • Cruise Speed: 300 kn (340 mph OR ~152 m/s)

Service Ceiling: 45,000 feet (13.7 km)
Range:

  • Combat Range (how far a plane can fly and fight before returning): 250 nmi (288 mi, 463 km)
  • Ferry Range (maximum fuel load and minimum weapons): 2,240 nmi (2,580 mi, 4,150 km)

Source: Wikipedia

Details

  • Type: SPH
  • Class: aircraft
  • Part Count: 68
  • Pure Stock
  • KSP: 1.12.4


With fuel at critical levels, Victor is determined to get past this upcoming mountain range before landing.

Description

Named after the famous P-47 Thunderbolt from WWII, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II was the first U.S. Air Force aircraft designed specifically for close air support of ground forces. Often referred to as the “Warthog,” it is very maneuverable at low speeds and low altitudes to ensure accurate weapons delivery. The Warthog’s airframe is also very durable thanks to 1,200 lbs (540 kgs) of titanium armor protecting the cockpit and aircraft systems, enabling it to take some damage and continue flying. Its short takeoff and landing distances permitted it to operate from airstrips close to the front lines, and the aircraft’s simple design allowed maintenance in rather limited facilities – which one may often encounter near said front lines.
The Warthog is intended for use on all ground targets, but it was especially useful against tanks and other armored vehicles. Once American forces heard the roar of its engines, or even the deadly BRRRT often associated with the Warthog, they knew the battle was won. It is still active as of July 2023.

A stock aircraft called A-10 Thunderbolt II (aka Warthog). Built with 68 of the finest parts, its root part is Mark2Cockpit.

Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.12.4.


After flying 890 km from the KSC, Victor made it over the mountains and glided for about 30 kilometers before touchdown with only 12 fuel units left. While awaiting the recovery crews, he stepped outside and gave a salute in front of the Warthog.

  • He then called his sister and told her I dare your nerd friend Bill to build a plane to beat this one. Oh, wait, he can’t. Nobody can.


The next evening, Victor got called for a weapons test. Though the wing-mounted racks were unloaded, the fuselage-based ordinance weapons were not. Here, he rains some hell on dummy boats in the water. After this photo was taken, he proceeded to strafe a fake convoy with the Gatling gun.

RECOMMENDED CRUISE (UNARMED)

Altitude: 7 km (~23.0k ft; Class Alpha airspace)
Velocity: 270 m/s (~604 mph)

EXPECTED RANGE

890 km before immediate landing necessary.

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