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Warthog: Flying the A-10 in the Gulf War

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  215 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Potomac Books
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Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNabDesert Storm by Joseph B. GeorgeGulf War Journal by Don LomaxThe One That Got Away by Chris RyanCrusade by Rick Atkinson
Best Desert Storm Books
8th out of 17 books — 3 voters
Desert Storm by Joseph B. GeorgeMy American Journey by Colin PowellWarthog by William L. SmallwoodWarrior's Rage by Douglas A. MacgregorThe Gulf War Chronicles by Richard S. Lowry
Best Gulf War Books
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Michael Alexander Henke
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
Apr 28, 2013 HBalikov rated it really liked it
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-82s
six CBUs
two Maverick missiles
two Aim-9s
ECM 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
Jun 08, 2012 Laurent rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
For love of the Hog

There'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
Aug 22, 2009 Jan rated it really liked it
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
Sep 20, 2012 Frank rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Michael Flanagan
Nov 18, 2010 Michael Flanagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iraq
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 a
Jul 23, 2014 Karsten rated it it was amazing
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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 ...more
Dustin Gaughran
Sep 11, 2014 Dustin Gaughran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 10, 2015 Vojtech rated it liked it
Shelves: military, aviation
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.
Jan 08, 2010 Keith rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 23, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Andrew Volpe
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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Awsome story. I want to be a A10 pilot..
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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.
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