A-10 wind tunnel model

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Stopped briefly at the Hill Air Force Base museum today. A new display was this 1/10 scale aluminum A-10 model from 1976. A few interesting divergences from the final product.

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The nosecone in the first image looks like it was an option for an on board RADAR, although I don't know if they ever considered it.
 

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Sundog said:
The nosecone in the first image looks like it was an option for an on board RADAR, although I don't know if they ever considered it.

A lot of wind tunnel work is simply "I wonder what this does." So for relatively small changes, like this nosecone, it's hard to tell if it was a serious proposal, or just due diligence in the testing. It does remind me of the F-14 nosecone. Not really sure what value there's be in an air-to-air radar setup like that on a tankbuster, though.
 

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The tailcone is I think more interesting. What were they thinking of doing at the back end? Looks almost like it was meant to have some sort of sensor or even a rocket exhaust back there!
 

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Hey folks, it is just a simple wind model to test the general attributes of the A-10.

Ok, I agree, different noses to find best potion of the gun muzzle.
But I doubt that at that time a radar was planned.
The back end doesn't indicate a planned parachute -, sensor - or rocket system.
I presume it is just a connection for the pole in the wind tunnel.

Don't interpret so much into this model!
;) :)
 

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