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    Default A10 Thunderbolt II landing specs

    I am flying a freeware version of the A-10 Thunderbolt II in FSX Steam Edition. Unfortunately it did not come with Spec or reference sheets. I do not have a problem taking off but would really need help with the Descent, Approach, ILS Glideslope and Landing speeds and flap positions. When I land I always come in hot even when I have full flaps activated.

    The same info for the B17 would be great.....

    If there is a website where I can get that info that information would be great also.

    Thank you all in advance....

    Regards and Happy Flying

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    Unfortunately I don't have any information or data for the A-10 or B-17. But here's a quick and dirty method that works for almost any airplane.

    Not all flight models correspond perfectly to their real world counterparts, so using speeds from a real world manual can sometimes lead to flying too slow or too fast for the FSX flight model. Normal approach and landing speeds are approximately 1.3 times the stall speed in any given configuration. So you can try this method:

    1) Set the aircraft weight for what you intend to land with (bearing in mind that your airplane likely has a maximum landing weght...i.e. don't land too heavy. Unfortunately I don't know the A-10s max landing weight).

    2) Set the aircraft configuration that you intend to land with, usually landing gear down and the highest or second highest flap setting. This method will even give you a landing speed for zero flaps.

    3) Go out and stall the aircraft. I usually turn on the SHIFT+Z data at the top of the screen to see the airspeed better. You don't have to take the airplane into a full stall. The warning horn or word STALL on the screen is good enough. Make a note of the airspeed.

    4) Multiply the stall speed from Step 3 by 1.3 to find your landing speed.

    It's a little more complicated than that in real life, but following this procedure for a new airplane will get you in the ballpark and keep you out of the weeds short of the runway. Hope it helps!

    There's a few websites out there that have manuals that may contain the information you're looking for. You'll probably have a hard time finding publications for modern combat and commercial aircraft that are still in front-line service. Avialogs.com is one that has a pretty extensive library, including quite a few manuals for the B-17. The Pilot Training Manual should answer most of your questions.

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    Some info on the A-10 .

    This link,
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairch...Thunderbolt_II
    provides following data

    Performance

    Maximum speed: 381 knots (439 mph, 706 km/h) at sea level, clean[193]
    Cruise speed: 300 knots (340 mph, 560 km/h)
    Stall speed: 120 knots (138 mph, 220 km/h) [195]
    Never exceed speed: 450 knots (518 mph,[193] 833 km/h) at 5,000 ft (1,500 m) with 18 Mk 82 bombs[196]
    Combat radius:
    CAS mission: 250 nmi (288 mi, 460 km at 1.88 hour loiter at 5,000 ft (1,500 m), 10 min combat
    Anti-armor mission: 252 nmi (290 mi, 467 km), 40 nmi (45 mi, 75 km)) sea-level penetration and exit, 30 min combat
    Ferry range: 2,240 nmi (2,580 mi, 4,150 km) with 50 knot (55 mph, 90 km/h) headwinds, 20 minutes reserve
    Service ceiling: 45,000 ft (13,700 m)
    Rate of climb: 6,000 ft/min (30 m/s)
    Wing loading: 99 lb/ft2 (482 kg/m2)
    Thrust/weight: 0.36
    ***************************

    Also , check this video .....
    A-10 Landing tutorial short video includes speed and flap info ,
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjQzu-PmDK4

    Cheers
    Karol

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    It's important to learn to use pitch trim ALONG WITH use of power (not at idle). Takes practice.
    Chuck B
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    some more info.

    44min walkaround video , both outside A-10 aircraft and inside cockpit ,
    probably the best that you will ever see , a lot of detail info .
    link;
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXgTrpPU9Rk&t=8s

    At 34 to 36 minutes he details both Takeoff and Landing speed ranges .

    Cheers
    Karol

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    Thank you Karol......Great info and link.....

    Bruce

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    Thank you

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    Thank you Karol......All outstanding info.....Really appreciate it.....

    Bruce

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    Wow....This is awesome information. Will give it a go and let you know how I make out. Thank you very much......

    Bruce

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