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Dimensions5000 x 3333
Original file size8.32 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken29-Oct-10 11:12
Date modified1-Nov-10 13:55
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS-1D Mark IV
Focal length700 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.7
Exposure1/800 at f/5.6
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modePattern
One Of A Kind Shape

One Of A Kind Shape

The A-10 is very rugged and features redundant systems and flying surfaces so it can take a lot of battle damage and still get the pilot home safely. Additional armor is provided in the form of a titanium "bathtub" that surrounds the pilot.

The engines are mounted up high and to the rear to minimize their heat signature as well as inhibit ingestion of foriegn objects that could damage the engines.

Notice the inboard leading edge slats and the large outboard ailerons which also double as speed brakes by opening in a clam-shell fashion with one surface moving upwards and one moving downwards. Twin vertical surfaces at the tail enhance the redundancy in case of battle damage.