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Easy Model 1/72 Scale Farichild A-10A Thunderbolt II, USAF 23rd TFW, 706th TFS, Chopper Popper Operation Desert Storm 1991
The 23rd TFW was normally based out of England AFB, La. But in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm they were assigned to the 706th TFS, 926th TFG in Saudi Arabia. On February 6, 1991 Captain Robert Swain spotted 2 Iraqi helicopters speeding across the desert. The helicopters split in opposite directions so Captain Swain pursued the south-bound. Swain first attempted to use an AIM-9L missiles but couldnt lock on so the second pass he fired about 300 rounds of his 30mm gun causing the helicopter to explode. This was the first ever air-to-air kill by an A-10 so the aircraft was named the Chopper Popper.
Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II
Designed to counter criticism that the US Air Force wasnt 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 maintenance...many 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.
Easy Model Platinum Collection
The Easy Model Platinum Collection range presents highy-affordable, ready-made plastic models of military aircraft. While these models may not have the same heft as their diecast siblings, they do offer remarkable value for money. Most importantly, they look perfectly at home alongside diecast modes, allowing collectors to flesh out their collection with types and paint-schemes not yet available in diecast.
Easy Model Platinum Collection display model airplanes feature:
- Molded plastic construction.
- Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
- Pad printed markings and placards that wont fade or peel like decals.
- Spinning propellers.
- Authentic ordnance loads.
- Permanently extended landing gear.
- Presentation stand to display the aircraft in flight.