A-10A THUNDERBOLT II 77-0252

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In December 2022, the National Defense Authorization Act approved a long-sought-after request by the U.S. Air Force to begin retiring the A-10 Thunderbolt II, specifically approving the retirement of 21 A-10s in 2023. The A-10 has been in USAF service since 1977 and MotoArt is especially honored to introduce a Warthog into the PlaneTags fleet. Meet 77-0252, a Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II.

Discover more on our blog A-10 Thunderbolt: The Turbofan Tank Buster

77-0252 was constructed as an A-10A and delivered to the U.S. Air Force in 1978, first serving with the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing at RAF Bentwaters, Suffolk. The 81st Wing remained at Bentwaters for over 40 years, as a key part of NATO’s defense of Western Europe throughout the Cold War years. As they began phasing down their presence during the early 1980s, 77-0252 was transferred to the 176th Tactical Fighter Squadron, then to the 706th Tactical Fighter Squadron. The 706th TFS, the Cajuns, were called to active duty in December 1990 in support of Operation Desert Shield, with the first of its A-10s deploying to Saudi Arabia on January 1, 1991. After retirement, the front fuselage of this A-10 was displayed at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. MotoArt acquired the back half in 2022 from Andy Wade, of Wade Salvage in Atco, NJ. Wade has amassed an eclectic collection of aircraft and vehicles in his own personal boneyard and serves as Deputy Mayor of Waterford Township in New Jersey.  


OUR PLANE'S STORY

The A-10 Thunderbolt II was used in combat for the first time during the Gulf War. It was designed to provide close air support (CAS) of friendly ground troops, and also served as forward air controllers, to direct other aircraft during close air support strikes to ensure that friendly troops are not harmed. The rugged A-10 is a single seat, twin turbofan, subsonic attack aircraft which was developed specifically for CAS. It was designed by the famed aeronautical engineer and aircraft designer Alexander Kartveli, who also developed its namesake, the P-47 Thunderbolt. The A-10 was armed with a 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger seven barrel Gatling style auto cannon that delivered its armor-piercing rounds at a high rate of fire. The A-10 was notably used in the Gulf War, Grenada, and Afghanistan. As of December 2022, there are 281 currently in service.  


Join us in welcoming 77-0252 to the MotoArt family. Don’t miss this opportunity to own a piece of a Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II. Engrave one as a gift for a veteran or pilot and be sure to add Warthog PlaneTags to your own collection today.


A-10A THUNDERBOLT II-# 77-0252

             

Characteristics:

  • Manufacturer: FAIRCHILD REPUBLIC
  • Serial # : 77-0252
  • Crew: 1
  • Wing Span: 57 ft 6 in
  • Length: 53 ft 4 in
  • Height: 14 ft 8 in
  • Armament: 1x GAU-8/A 30MM SEVEN-BARREL GATLING GUN AND 16,000LBS OF MIXED ORDNANCE

Performance:

  • Range:1,080 Nm 
  • Cruise Speed: 291 kts
  • Ceiling: 44,200 ft
  • Empty weight:28,000 lb
  • Max Takeoff:47,400 lb
  • Rate of Climb: 6,000 ft / min
  • Engine: 2x GENERAL ELECTRIC TF-34-GE-100 TURBOFANS

DISCLAIMER

Perfect Aviation Gift

PlaneTags are: 

      • Authentic - made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. 
      • Unique -  each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. 
      • Collectible - each one is numbered in a limited edition and comes attached to a display card. 
      • Versatile - comes with a durable metal ring, strong enough to attach to luggage or keys or display.

 

*Important Notice – Please Read Carefully

PlaneTags are made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. Because PlaneTags are made from real fuselage, each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. These variations and imperfections are not product flaws. They are part of the beauty of PlaneTags. As a result, you will not have an option to select the color of your PlaneTag. The images on this website are provided for reference only and should not be used as the sole basis for choosing a particular PlaneTag.

Caution: Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. This product contains chemical-based paint which may cause respiratory irritation if ingested or inhaled in large quantities. Keep out of mouth.

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    LW
    02/18/2024
    Logan W.
    United States United States

    The Warthog!!

    Love these tags!!! Such an amazing opportunity and some very awesome tags from this release! engravings are super clean and great quality!

    JS
    02/17/2024
    Jamie S.
    United States United States

    A-10

    Interesting textured paint, and an iconic aircraft of course. The price is perhaps a touch high, but it's still a nice tag.

    YG
    02/15/2024
    Yuri G.
    United States United States

    BRRRRRRRRRRRRT A-10A THUNDERBOLT II 77-0252

    A-10A THUNDERBOLT II #2,408 of 5,000 SN 77-0252 BRRRRRRRRRRRRTBREAUTIFUL!!!!! TAG indeed, I was lucky to get one dark camo green that it's very smooth. I have never been seated, nor bombed or BRRRRRRRted by one. If you don't like this tag you should get a good BRRRRRRRRRRRRT BRRRRRRRRRRRRT BRRRRRRRRRRRRT BRRRRRRRRRRRRT BRRRRRRRRRRRRT by one, period.

    MZ
    02/13/2024
    Marcus Z.
    Australia Australia

    Brrrrr...illiant tag

    How could you pass up owning a part of a warthog! This planetag is one I show off often as it is such an iconic aircraft, as well as having an iconic sound!

    A PlaneTags Customer
    MG
    02/09/2024
    Mike G.
    United States United States

    Rondell Green/Black

    Fantastic tag/variant! Can't look at it or pick it up with hearing (and making) that iconic sound - Brrrrtt!

    D
    02/08/2024
    Drew
    United States United States

    Duo Tags

    I had bought this tag as a gift to my brother-in-law some time ago and decided I wanted one for myself almost a year later. I was pleasantly surprised when the one I got was from the same plane that I gave my brother-in-law. Next time I see him we will re-unite the pieces.

    D
    02/08/2024
    Drew
    United States United States

    Gift for a new father

    I bought this for my brother-in-law who loves this plane, his absolute favorite, as a gift for him becoming a new father. He loved it. 10/10. Best gift I've ever given.

    J
    02/07/2024
    J
    United States United States

    Awesome tag for an Awesome Airplane

    First bought this tag at the Reno Airshow as we were just getting into tag collecting. We liked it so much we had to buy more. Gave one to my husband's uncle who's also a big A-10 fan. He was super excited to get it.

    D
    02/07/2024
    Dylan
    United States United States

    Best tag!

    Love it! Having a chance to get a piece of a warthog is crazy!!!! Keep up the great product's!

    H
    02/07/2024
    Hinson
    Australia Australia

    Brrrtt!

    This bad boy is thic! You can appreciate how this machine can survive anti-aircraft rounds and still fly back to base in one piece just by feeling the weight of the tag! This cold war era warrior is truly a mantle-piece!

    ND
    02/06/2024
    N D.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

    One of my favourite planes.

    I was sad to have missed out on the clinical grey we all know and love on the A10 however the camo green was surprisingly good when she arrived. Very happy

    MS
    02/06/2024
    Mark S.
    United States United States

    Excellent!

    I am so glad to get the A-10A Thunderbolt ll added to my collection.

    A PlaneTags Customer
    MD
    05/03/2023
    Marino D.
    Belgium Belgium

    A-10A THUNDERBOLT II 77-0252

    The tag arrived within a reasonable time here in Belgium and it is in perfect shape. The tag exceeds my expectations i had for it. A well made product.

    LL
    05/03/2023
    Lance L.
    United States United States

    Exactly as expected!

    This is a great novelty. It's a very thick genuine skin. In comparison to other plane materials I've known this is a thick chunk of aluminum. It goes on my keys and makes them very easy to find.

    GA
    05/02/2023
    Gabe A.
    United States United States

    Awesome bag tag

    I never leave home without it. Whether I’m going to class or flying my plane, I always make sure I have it clipped on somewhere. I absolutely love the design as well. The little scratches and chips really make it feel authentic. I have 1,893 out of 5,000 tags and it truly feels like a collector’s piece. 10/10 must have for any aviation enthusiasts.

    KG
    05/01/2023
    Kristin G.
    United States United States

    Beautiful tag, but had shipping issues

    I am a plane tag fanatic, the A-10 is my favorite military plane ever! I paid for 2 day UPS shipping. The tag shipped on April 6th, but I didn't receive the tag until April 20th. I realize sometimes shipping has a hiccup, but I was just disappointed that the tag didn't arrive for two weeks...I did get a quick response when I emailed customer service (I appreciate the apology), but just feel I overpaid on the shipping - or could have been credited for the extra cost I paid (shipping costs only).

    RL
    04/26/2023
    Ron L.
    United States United States

    A-10 Warthog Plane Tag

    Giving Plane Tag to my son-in-law for birthday present. A-10 is his favorite plane. Very cool little item. Thank you for your prompt service

    LB
    04/26/2023
    Linda B.
    United States United States

    Finally! The Hog is here

    Former Hog driver and waited for a tag for my old favorite. While not a plane I flew personally, close enough. Love my tag!

    LW
    04/26/2023
    Lori W.
    United States United States

    A-10 tag

    Excellent experience and product!

    TN
    03/26/2023
    Tim N.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

    A10 Warthog

    I live around 2 hours drive from RAF Woodbridge which was the original home of A10A 77-252 when it was delivered new on 3rd June 1979 to the 78th TFS of the 81st TFW . I have always been a huge fan of the A10 and I was so pleased to see Planetags release a piece of A10 history and I couldn’t resist getting a tag . I’m looking forward to taking my tag on my next visit to RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge, possibly the first time a trace of 252 has been back since the 80’s? The ordering process was easy and the shipping time to the United Kingdom was about 10 days and your shipment can be tracked throughout.

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