Warthog: Flying the A-10 in the Gulf War

Warthog: Flying the A-10 in the Gulf War

William L. Smallwood / Jul 22, 2019

Warthog Flying the A in the Gulf War 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 hundr

  • Title: Warthog: Flying the A-10 in the Gulf War
  • Author: William L. Smallwood
  • ISBN: 9781574888867
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 combatA 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 a.k.a Warthog as a means of supporting ground 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 normally reserved for jet fighters , the slow moving, heavily armed Warthogs were credited with over half the bomb damage inflicted on Iraqi forces and installations Employing improvisational tactics, A 10s also flew reconnaissance and assisted in rescues of coalition pilots they even scored air to air kills, 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 reconnaissance fighter observation attack.

    Warthog Flying the A in the Gulf War WILLIAM L SMALLWOOD is the author of numerous books, including McClure of Idaho and two military book club selections, Warthog Flying the A in the Gulf War and Strike Eagle Flying the FE in the Gulf War, both available from Potomac Books. Flying Warthog YouTube Jan , This Warthog goes flying and flipping through the air. Why the A Warthog Is Such a Badass Plane And yet, at this moment A s are flying from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, taking the fight to ISIS. A Warthog Attack Run YouTube Sep , World s Deadliest Aircraft A Thunderbolt II Warthog Duration Studio Pengu , views USMC Sniper One Mile Kill Shot CAL Duration . Customer reviews Warthog Flying the A in The A Warthog a plane built at the army s request by a manufacturer who new his job and by pilots who refused to say it cant be done but just made it work. photos of the legendary A Warthog Business Insider The Warthog is powered by two General Electric TF GE turbofans, each giving the A about , pounds of thrust The grunt has a top speed of about mph, can hit altitudes of , feet, and has a range of , miles. From The Cockpit A C Warthog Flying RESCORT Fighter From The Cockpit A C Warthog Flying RESCORT This aircraft was conducting a joint Combat Search and Rescue exercise with helicopters from the Arizona Army National Guard A s from the th Fighter Squadron at Davis Monthan Air Force Base outside of Tucson were asked to participate because of their bread and butter skills sets Close Air Support The Air Force Now Plans To Keep The A Warthog Flying The A Thunderbolt AKA Warthog is a flying farm tractor Slow, brutish, but reliable as the tide and endearingly indestructible and incredibly effective Strategists have feared that the A Thunderbolt Warthog Airforce Technology Electronic Countermeasures Image of the A Thunderbolt, also known as the Warthog, the flying gun and the Tankbuster, in action The A Thunderbolt was used extensively during Operation Desert Storm, the Kosovo crisis, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom The A is a high survivability and versatile aircraft. Fairchild Republic A Thunderbolt II Fairchild Republic A Thunderbolt II Commonly referred to by the nicknames Warthog or Hog, its official name comes from the Republic P Thunderbolt, a World War II fighter bomber effective at attacking ground targets The A was designed for close air support CAS of friendly ground troops, attacking ard vehicles and tanks,

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      • William L. Smallwood

        An experienced pilot, William L Smallwood served in the Air Force during the Korean War and is the author of Strike Eagle Flying the F 15E in the Gulf War and the highly acclaimed Warthog Flying the A 10 in the Gulf War He lives in Buhl, Idaho.


    906 Comments

    1. 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 tanks. Public sentiment was positive, we were the good guys, the liberators. I even had Desert Storm trading cards. That's crazy to think of now.Anyway, 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 [...]


    2. Great read and I love this plane! Looks aren't everything, as you know, that is what everyone talks about when speaking of the A-10. It's what the plane can do, that's so important. I don't know 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.


    3. The A-10 may have been the reason that the 1990-91 Gulf War was such an easy victory over Iraq. The A-10 is no doubt the ugliest plane in service during the past half century, hence its nickname "warthog". It is a mobile platform for the follow typical ordinance:six Mark-82ssix CBUstwo Maverick missilestwo Aim-9sECM pod flares 1,150 rounds of 30mm One 30mm shell can destroy a tank or other mobile armored vehicle.History is written by the winners but usually in broad strokes. I have never read [...]


    4. 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 pilot/enthusiast could love.Will 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 Des [...]


    5. Certainly a good book, and for someone interested in the modern post-Cold War USAF or the A-10, a must-read.William 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 Storm.As someone who served with the A-10s at that time, I ca [...]


    6. The much-maligned Republic Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II; affectionately known by pilots and fans as the "Warthog" was built during the cold war and designed to fight over the European landscape against the Soviet threat. In early 1991, in the skies over Iraq, 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 d [...]


    7. 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 [...]


    8. A lovely book about an ugly aircraft! This book really shines when it comes to 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 nickname 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 [...]


    9. It was short, but good. The book details the A-10's roll in Desert Storm, and how the aircraft went way above and beyond the role it was designed for. It'll be a damn shame when these planes are phased out for the bloated defense department money pits being built now. There will never be a finer close air support platform than the Warthog, and this quick read proves it.


    10. This is a very detailed documentary look at the A-10 Warthog's involvement in the operation Desert Storm. If you are really into this type of aircraft you will love this book. For the rest it probably won't be the most exciting of reads at certain points. Still, I'm glad I picked this one up.


    11. A fascinating look at the lives of the A-10 pilots during the gulf war. This books is an excellent tribute to them and the incredible planes they flew. Anyone interested in military history and especially military aviation should read this.


    12. Worth the time if you are into the A10. The combat scenes are quite exciting. I would not have minded a bit more on the overall strategic context, and a map or two would have been helpful. Started a bit slow but overall a good and pretty quick read.




    13. Amazing story about the Hog drivers in the 1991 Gulf War.Bought used. The name "Bill Beattel" written in the first page.



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