Air Enthusiast 1996-07
W.Jesse, B.Engbrecht - Not Quite Ten. Northrop's A-9, A-X runner-up
The winner, Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II, chosen for the A-X requirement.
The first of two evaluation YA-9As, 71-1367 displaying a formidable bomb load. The orange-colour fairings near each wingtip are carrying cameras to monitor weapon release.
A view of the second YA-9A, 71-1368 in ‘clean’ configuration.
The second machine, at Edwards AFB, California, August 1979.
The first YA-9A, on display at Castle AFB, California, October 1982.
Northrop YA-9A.