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what are these objects on A-10 gear nacelles?

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  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: Ypsilanti, MI
what are these objects on A-10 gear nacelles?
Posted by Brhino on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 9:21 AM

On the underside of an A-10 Thunderbolt II, at the rear of the nacelle that holds the main landing gear, there is a device that I have not yet been able to identify.  It looks at first glance like a grate or vent, but various pictures of A-10s show parts of the device on one or both nacelles as a bright red color.  I am trying to understand what it is and what it does, so I can model it appropriately.  The kit I'm using (Italeri's 1/72 version) does have the features modeled but does not call out any painting instructions for them.

 

Who keeps stepping on wings?  Someone won't stay off the wings and now I have to apply all these tiny "NO STEP" decals.

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 10:16 AM

Those are countermeasure dispensers for chaff and/or flares. On th A-10 additional dispensers can also be installed at the wingtips if desired.

There's an interesting Youtube video of the prep and installation of these units here.

Greg

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  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: Ypsilanti, MI
Posted by Brhino on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 10:48 AM

Terrific, thanks!  I knew someone around here would have the answer.

Who keeps stepping on wings?  Someone won't stay off the wings and now I have to apply all these tiny "NO STEP" decals.

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