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The A-10A Thunderbolt II is an attacker utilized by numerous countries and organizations featured in Ace Combat. It is typically used to make devastating low-altitude, low-speed attacks on enemy formations.

History

Strangereal

All countries in Strangereal utilize the A-10. It has been featured in numerous conflicts, including the Belkan War, Usean Continental War, Second Usean Continental War, and Circum-Pacific War.

Most notably, a squadron of highly maneuverable A-10s were deployed by Erusea against the Independent State Allied Forces during Operation Bunker Shot. The A-10s targeted ISAF ground troops over the beaches, but Mobius One and other ISAF pilots shot them down, ending the operation in victory for ISAF.[1]

During the Circum-Pacific War, Yuktobanian Air Force sent several Warthogs to repel Osean amphibious forces invading Bastok Peninsula.[2]

A-10As continued to be fielded in the Osea-Erusea Conflict, the extent of which is currently unclear.

Joint Assault universe

During the Valahia Crisis, Varcolac Squadron member Daniel Oruma flown a personalized A-10A during the squadron's second[3] and third encounter against the Antares Squadron.[4]

Infinity universe

The A-10 saw limited use in the USEA Federation. A few units were dispatched to protect the Avalon Dam facility. Another squadron were used during Operation Bunker Shot to defend against the advancing UN forces, but all were shot down.

As for the UNF, the Thunderbolt were widely used by mercenaries, proving to be an excellent choice for air-to-ground attack.

Game analysis

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

How to Unlock

It is not currently known if the aircraft is available to the player.

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Ace Combat Infinity

"A heavily armed attacker that offers close range ground support using overwhelming firepower and endurance. Featuring a broad selection of weapons, including 30mm machine guns, bombs and rockets, offering excellent air-to-ground attack capabilities. Highly stable at low speeds, it specializes at extended and precise ground clearing in a single attack approach. Known as the "Thunderbolt II", it is characterized by a straight wing that is strong at low speeds, and its high placed engine and reinforced armor protects it against counter attacks from the ground."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Purchase the High Spec Main Wing Actuator (Roll) S aircraft part to begin research on the A-10. See Aircraft Tree for more information.
Stats and Prices Lv.1-10
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
1 575 E E+ C E+ D+ E+ 122,400
2 614 E+ E+ C E+ C E+ 12,960
3 653 D D C+ D C D 15,840
4 692 D+ D B D C+ D+ 26,640
5 731 D+ D+ B D C+ C 50,400
6 770 C D+ B D B C+ 158,400
7 809 C D+ B+ D B+ B 213,600
8 848 C+ C B+ D+ B+ B+ 201,600
9 887 C+ C B+ D+ B+ A 441,600
10 926 B C+ A D+ B+ A+ 918,000
Stats and Prices Lv.11-20
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
11 973 B C+ A D+ A A+ 2,040,000
12 1020 B B A+ C A+ S 1,440,000
13 1067 A B+ S C S S+ 2,412,000
14 1114 A+ B+ S C+ S S+ 3,300,000
15 1161 A+ A S+ C+ S+ S+ 4,500,000
16 1221 S A+ S+ C+ S+ S+ 6,072,000
17 1280 S+ A+ S+ B S+ S+ 6,936,000
18 1339 S+ A+ S+ B+ S+ S++ 7,812,000
19 1398 S+ S S+ B+ S+ S++ 9,972,000
20 1457 S+ S S+ A S+ S++ 12,576,000


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Weapon Ammo Lv.1-10
Lv. GUN MSL FAEB RKTL 4AGM
1 839 108 4
2 922 110 6
3 1006 114 8
4 1090 118 9 14
5 1174 122 10 16
6 1258 126 12 18
7 1342 130 13 19 36
8 1426 134 14 20 38
9 1510 138 15 21 40
10 1595 142 16 22 42
Weapon Ammo Lv.11-20
Lv. GUN MSL FAEB RKTL 4AGM
11 1679 146 17 23 44
12 1763 150 18 24 46
13 1847 154 19 25 48
14 1931 158 20 26 50
15 2016 162 22 28 54
16 2094 164 23 29 56
17 2172 166 24 30 58
18 2250 168 25 31 60
19 2328 170 26 32 62
20 2407 172 28 34 66

Part Slots
These are the minimum / maximum part slots this aircraft carries at the respective levels. Part slots can be added until they reach maximum by repeatedly sortieing with the aircraft; see Tuning for more information. A maximum of 7 parts can be equipped at any time, regardless of available slots.

BODY / Max ARMS / Max MISC / Max
Lv.1-5 17 / 38 19 / 38 18 / 38
Lv.6-14 19 / 40 21 / 40 20 / 40
Lv.15-19 20 / 41 22 / 41 21 / 41
Lv.20 21 / 42 23 / 42 22 / 42

Nicknames
Upgrading this aircraft to these levels will unlock the respective nicknames for use at any time.

  • Lv.3: A-10 Maniac
  • Lv.10: One Billion Volts
  • Lv.15: The Stuka Bloodline
  • Lv.20: Hand of Vengeance

Skin Galleries

Description

Gray body

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Store skin a10a 2A

Description

European One camouflage with shark mouth

Availability

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A-10A Event Skin 02 - Icon

Description

White body with black nose design; replica of modified A-10 used by the 118th Fighter Squadron 103rd Fighter Wing "Flying Yankees"

Availability

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A-10A Event Skin 03 Icon

Description

Two-tone arctic camouflage; based on the A-10 fielded by 18th Tactical Fighter Squadron in exercise "Cool Snow Hog "82-1"

Availability

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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy

"This ground-attack fighter is equipped with tough armor and a large Gatling gun."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete Green Bird on Hard difficulty in a second playthrough. Costs 74,000 credits.

Statistics

A-10A stats

Weapons

Colors

  • C01: Air superiority gray body.
  • C02: European One camouflage.
  • C03: Arctic camouflage.
  • C04: Desert-themed version of Color 2
  • C05: Magenta body with yellow wing tips, stabilizers and turbines
  • C06: 2-tone black camouflage

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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

"An attack aircraft with heavy armor that provides close-range ground support with overwhelming firepower and durability. Well supplied with weaponry such as a 30 mm heavy machine gun and multiple lock-on ground missiles, it possesses outstanding ground attack capabilities. Very stable at slow speeds, its specialty is precision ground strafing for a long period of time during an attack approach. Known as the "Thunderbolt," its notable features include unswept wings that generate plenty of lift at slow speeds, the high placement of its engine which makes it resistant to counterattacks from the ground, and its reinforced armor plating."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Made available at the opening of "Hostile Fleet".

Statistics

Speed: Medium
Mobility: Medium
Stability: Above Average
Fire Power: High
Defense: Maximum

Weapons

MSSL
4AGM
RCL
Flares x9

Colors

  • Color 1: Compass Ghost body.
  • Color 2: European One camouflage.
  • Color 3: White body with black nose design. Replica of modified A-10 used by the 118th Fighter Squadron 103rd Fighter Wing "Flying Yankees".
  • Color 4 (DLC): Warthog color.
  • Color 5 (DLC): Happy Holidays color.

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Ace Combat: Joint Assault

"This ground-attack fighter is equipped with tough armor and a large Gatling gun."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete mission 21A: Reprisal (21A). Costs $51,200.

Statistics

  • Speed: Below Average
  • Air-to-Air: Below Average
  • Air-to-Ground: Excellent
  • Mobility: Below Average
  • Stability: Above Average
  • Defense: Maximum

Weapons

Colors

  • C01: Air superiority gray.
  • C02: European One camouflage.
  • C03: Arctic camouflage.
  • C04: Peanut camouflage.
  • C05: Varcolac Squadron livery.
  • C06: Black body.

Named Pilots

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Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation

"The A-10A features a straight-wing design for additional strength at low speeds, high mounted engines to avoid enemy ground fire, and heavy armor plating. It is feared by enemy ground troops as the “Tank Killer” for its ability to continue the assault despite taking considerable damage. It is an extremely durable and stable aircraft with superior maneuvering capabilities. The firepower centric design includes a nose mounted Gatling gun and high performance air-to ground missiles, making it the perfect aircraft for close air-to-ground support."
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How to Unlock

Statistics

  • Speed: Low
  • Air-to-Air: Low
  • Air-to-Ground: Maximum
  • Stability: Medium
  • Defense: Maximum
  • Mobility: Below Average

Weapons

Colors

  • Emmeria: Air superiority camouflage.
  • Estovakia: European One camouflage.
  • Estovakia SP: Arctic camouflage.
  • Flamingo Wing (DLC)
  • XMAS (DLC)
  • THE IDOLMASTER SP (DLC)

Named Pilots

  • Rytsary (Рыцари, Knights)

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Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

"This ground-attack fighter is equipped with tough armor and a large Gatling gun."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete mission 6B: Ice Bound. Costs $15,100.

Statistics

ACEX Statistics A-10A

Weapons

Colors

  • Aurelia: Air superiority gray.
  • Leasath: European One camouflage.
  • Special 1: Arctic camouflage.
  • Special 2: Orange desert camouflage.

Named Pilots

  • Firestorm - Appears in Standoff in the Skies II. Spawns to the southeast if the Gleipnir's optical camouflage system is destroyed before it attacks the allied ground forces.

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Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

"Also called the "Warthog," this ground attack fighter is equipped with tough armor to withstand enemy fire and a large Gatling gun. It is highly mobile at low speeds and is well equipped for its role in suppressing enemy ground forces."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete campaign mission 5: Flicker of Hope. Costs 40,500 credits.

Statistics

  • Speed: 39
  • Mobility: 34
  • Stability: 65
  • Defense: 94
  • Air-to-Air: 17
  • Air-to-Ground: 74

Weapons

Colors

  • Standard: European One camouflage with shark face on nose.
  • Mercenary: Solid gray.
  • Soldier: Black/white snow camouflage.
  • Knight: Gray body with dark and white stains. Known as "Flipper" camouflage.
  • Special: Dark blue body with lightning design. Special color of the YA-10B from Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.

Named Pilots

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Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

"Also called the "Thunderbolt II" this ground attack fighter is well equiped for its role with a large Gatling gun and tough armour to withstand enemy fire."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Available after completing campaign mission 8: Handful of Hope. Costs Ƶ85,050.

Statistics

  • Speed: 39
  • Mobility: 34
  • Stability: 65
  • Defense: 94
  • Air-to-Air: 17
  • Air-to-Ground: 74

Weapons

Colors

  • OS: Solid grey.
  • RZ: Solid black.
  • YK: European One camouflage with shark face.

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Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

"This ground attack fighter is well equipped for its role with a large Vulcan cannon and air-to-ground weapons."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete campaign mission 5: Lifeline. Costs 123,000 credits.

Statistics

  • Speed: Low
  • Air-to-Air: Poor
  • Air-to-Ground: Superior
  • Mobility: Medium-Low
  • Stability: Superior
  • Defense: Maximum

Weapons

Colors

  • Color 1: European One camouflage with sharksmouth nose art.
  • Color 2: Black and white arctic camouflage.
  • Color 3: Air superiority gray body (FEAF ace pilot Ciffred color scheme). Priced at $160,000.

Named Pilots

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Ace Combat 2

How to Unlock

Complete mission 5: Greased Lightning. Costs $100,000.

Statistics

  • Power: Poor
  • Defense: Superior
  • Mobility: Medium
  • Stability: Maximum
  • Climbing Ability: Poor
  • Air-to-Air: Below Average
  • Ground Attack: Superior

Weapons

Colors

  • Ally: Green body with leading trim stripes.
  • FRND: Copper body with brown leading trim stripes.
  • Enemy Type A: Green desert camouflage.
  • Enemy Type B: Solid gray body.

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Air Combat

How to Unlock

Complete mission 5: Destroy Pipe-Lines. Costs $800,000.

Statistics

  • Power: 10
  • Mobility: 90
  • Offense: 90
  • Stability: 100
  • Defense: 100

Named Pilots

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Trivia

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  • Although it is unable to exceed a speed of 520 miles per hour outside diving flight, the A-10A is depicted as being able to break the sound barrier.
  • The A-10 Thunderbolt II currently holds the records for heaviest aircraft armor, longest combat duration and most damaged aircraft returned.
  • In Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, the design of the Thunderbolt II allows it to maintain pitch control while stalling, an ability shared with the F-35B Lightning II and the AV-8B Harrier II plus.
  • Color 1 in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is replica A-10A from 81st Fighter Squadron 52d Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem United States Air Force Base, Germany (tail code SP).
  • Color 2 in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is replica A-10A from 23d Tactical Fighter Wing, England Air Force Base, Louisiana (1981--1992, tail code EL)
  • Color 3 in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is replica one A-10A from 118th Fighter Squadron 103rd Fighter Wing "Flying Yankees", Bradley Air National Guard Base, Connecticut Air National Guard (tail code CT), In 2003, A-10A 78-621 was painted in these markings to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the 103rd Fighter Wing. The scheme is inspired by the 118th TRS P-51s from World War II.
  • Black/white snow camouflage (FEAF in AC04, Soldier color scheme/Belkan AF ace pilot "Pelikan" in ACZ, Leasath AF ace pilot "Firestorm"/Special color scheme 1 in ACX, Color 03 in ACJA) it is replica experimental arctic camouflage scheme. In 1982, A-10A 80-0221 was repainted in an arctic camouflage scheme as an experiment for an upcoming exercise titled OPERATION Cool Snow Hog (Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska).
  • Knight color scheme (Belkan AF ace pilot "Storch") in AC5 is replica experimental camouflage scheme known as "Flipper". The 917th Tactical Fighter Wing (Air Force Reserve Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, tail code BD) applied an experimental three-tone camouflage scheme to A-10A 76-0530 in order to improve its protection against the sky or the ground. The scheme known as "Flipper" consisted of Dark Gray, Medium Gray and Light Ghost Gray and was developed in late 1990 for use during Operation Desert Storm. The scheme was ordered removed before the aircraft was committed to action.
  • Tree-tone brown desert camouflage (Special color scheme 2 in ACX, Color 04 in ACJA) is replica experimental camouflage scheme known as "Peanut". In order to develop better camouflage for Desert Storm , the USAF tested two experimental paint schemes of the A-10 in 1991. A-10A 76-0552 from 917th TFW (47th TFS) at Barksdale AFB was selected. It was known as the "Peanut " because of its special brown scheme (the other was known as the "Flipper" with a similar grey scheme). Both were not adopted finally and 76-0552 was repainted in the usual grey but never went to Desert Storm.

References

  1. Operation Bunker Shot. Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
  2. Lit Fuse. Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  3. Cyclops Slayer. Ace Combat: Joint Assault.
  4. Sanctify. Ace Combat: Joint Assault.

Start a Discussion Discussions about A-10A Thunderbolt II

  • One of my favorites.

    3 messages
    • Ever since Infinity came out in the beta, I've been bombing Moby Dick with the FAEB. ;D
    • The F-35 is my favorite AC plane and navy plane I would never want it to replace the A-10 that aircraft is one of a kind.

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