A lovely book about an ugly aircraft
This Book Really Shines When It Comes book really shines when it comes highlighting the essential role this bastard child of the US Air Force has *plaid in all conflicts since its inception It may be the ugly duckling it earned the *in all conflicts since its inception It may be the ugly duckling it earned the Warthog for a reason but the pilots who still fly this beast swear by it There is simply no single aircraft replacement for the role the Warthog plays in any military scenario It may not be stealthy but who needs stealth when you re riding in a titanium bathtub mounted on a 30mm 4200 rounds per minute cannon with wings For love of the HogThere s no denying I have a soft spot for the A 10 Warthog Despite not having the clean lines power or sexyness of many of its pointy counterparts it is one of the most effective war machines of the modern era matched with a face that only a pilotenthusiast could loveWill L Smallwood s book is written with that love of the aircraft that many people reading this book are already likely to have and provides an honourable and worthy commemoration of the Hog s role during Desert Storm Most of the narration is actually from the pilot s themselves which leads to many remarkable accounts of bravery luck and seat of your pants moments as you re taken into the cockpit Warthog is a very worthy book and I enjoyed it perhaps a bit to sentimentally machopatriotic at time for my taste but nonetheless a fun book Exciting you are there tribute to the most versatile modern jet in the world Also the most beautiful air machine created I was 12 years old when the Gulf War began and I remember thinking how cool it was The videos on the news of all the amazing technology
THE SMART BOMBS THE JETS THE smart bombs the jets the Public sentiment was positive we were the good guys the liberators I even had Desert Storm trading cards That s crazy to think of nowAnyway this book follows the A 10 Thunderbolt II through the Gulf War Prior to the war the plane had a reputation for being ugly slow and not very effective We had F 15s and F 16s flying around launching smart bombs what did we need this lumbering beast for In fac. A valentine for one of the ugliest albeit most lethally effective warplanes ever built as well as for the men who flew them during the Desert Storm campaign Drawing on interviews with over one hundred A 10 pilots who served in the Persian Gulf during the 1990 91 hostilities Smallwood himself an aviator and Korean War vet offers riveting perspectives on aerial combat Setting the stage with an informative briefing on how in the 70's the Air Force developed the A 10 aka ``Warthog'' as a means of supporting groun.
William L. Smallwood ✓ 8 READT when speaking of the A 10 It s what the plane can do that s so important I don t now why there is talks of getting rid of it Having gone to the Boneyard in AZ and seeing so many of them sitting there just waiting to go back into service should there be a need it gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling The much maligned Republic Fairchild A 10 Thunderbolt II affectionately nown by pilots and fans as the Warthog was built during the cold war and designed to fight over the *European Landscape Against The *landscape against the threat In early 1991 in the skies over Ira the plane and the Hog Drivers as the pilots referred to themselves adapted to a multitude of missions from Combat Air Support for troops on the ground to Reconnisance and even night missions to fit the needs of the Coalition Forces during the first Gulf War Time and again the planes demonstrated flexibility in their role and and unsurpassed survivability when it came to bringing their pilots back safely If you are a fan of Military Aviation I d highly recommend this book The A 10 may have been the reason that the 1990 91 Gulf War was such an easy victory over Ira The A 10 is no doubt the ugliest plane in service during I ve always been fascinated
by the A 10 Warthog You will not find a thoroughly researched piece of writing of any length onthe A 10 Warthog You will not find a thoroughly researched piece of writing of any length on aircraft The author interviewed dozens of pilots who flew in the first Ira War over an extended period As well as interesting technical details the first hand accounts of pilots who flew round the clock missions during Desert Shield and Desert Storm are fascinating From my point of view it s interesting to compare their stories to those of their forebears in WWII and Vietnam where casualty rates were much higher The A 10 is basically a flying tank and was designed perfectly to fill not just a ground attack role but the many other roles that were entrusted to it and its pilots during its first ever active combat Extraordinary aircraft extraordinary airmenIt nearly lost a point for being scanned a little scrappily into Kindle format and for having some spelling mistake. Ormally reserved for jet fighters the slow moving heavily armed Warthogs were credited with over half the bomb damage inflicted on Irai forces and installations Employing improvisational tactics A 10s also flew reconnaissance and assisted in rescues of coalition pilots; they even scored air to air ills downing a couple of enemy choppers Indeed the plane's ungainly Gatling gun platform performed so well that pilots demanded their craft be redesignated ``RFOA 10'' for ``reconnaissancefighterobservationattack''. T right before the war began the entire A 10 fleet was scheduled to be mothballed Given the chance to prove itself the plane rose to the occasion The book details the many different types of missions Things from SCUD hunting to tank destroying the plane was a real workhorse In fact the pilots jokingly referred to their plane was the RFOA 10G Reconnaissance Fighter Observation AttackIt was a great plane with great pilots Estimates state that over half of all the Irai armor destroyed in the Gulf War was done by the A 10 and that
Was While Flying Lesswhile flying less 30% of the total missions The author has bought together in this book the combined experience of numerous A 10 pilots during the first Gulf war and has produced an A class read From start to finish the narrative meshes together the pilot s stories so they read as one Also he gives a great overview and history of the ugly sister of planes the Warthog The book covers the coming of the A 10 into highly respected multi functional and weapons platform A true story of the frog turning into a prince but remaining a frog at the same timeI take my hat off to the brave pilots and ground crews of these machines do yourself a favour and read this book Certainly a good book and for someone interested in the modern post Cold War USAF or the A 10 a must readWilliam Smallwood is a decent author who portrays the events in a clear and concise language that is easy to read No confusing jumps or failure to mention things William nicely ties in the real events with the pilot s dialog of what happened He also accurately captures all the major events that happened to the A 10 in Desert StormAs someone who served with the A 10s at that time I can state that the details about the aircraft are accurate I found no faulty information in the entire bookMy only complaint is with the author who uses a bit too much foreshadowingalmost at the end of every chapter *Got a little annoying after awhile but other than that a real good book Great read and I love *a little annoying after awhile but other than that a real good book Great read and I love plane Looks aren t everything as you now that is what everyone talks abou. D troops with massive firepower he moves into anecdotal vignettes detailing the ways in which so called ``hog drivers'' and their commanders whiled away the weary hours of the calm before the storm in Saudi Arabia's inhospitable clime At the heart of his narrative however are vivid accounts of how A 10s accomplished their tank busting missions and then some once the battle was joined Tasked among other objectives to take out missile launchers and artillery emplacements far behind the front lines assignments ,