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    Warthog: Flying the A-10 in the Gulf War (Warriors (Potomac Books)) (Paperback) By (author) William L. Smallwood

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    DescriptionA 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''). "An absorbing tale of how a decidedly ugly duckling became a military hero of some consequence." "Kirkus Reviews"

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    Flying the A-10 in the Gulf War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William L. Smallwood
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 268
    Width: 122 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 222 g
    ISBN 13: 9781574888867
    ISBN 10: 1574888862

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
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    BIC E4L: HIS
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    B&T General Subject: 520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140
    Abridged Dewey: 355
    BISAC V2.8: TRA002000
    Ingram Subject Code: SL
    Libri: I-SL
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    B&T Approval Code: A44702590
    DC22: 358.4383
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027040
    DC22: 956.7044248
    LC classification: UG1242.A28 S53 2005B
    Thema V1.0: JWCM, NHG
    Illustrations note
    19 b&w photographs, maps
    Potomac Books Inc
    Imprint name
    Potomac Books Inc
    Publication date
    30 September 2005
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    Author Information
    An experienced pilot himself, 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, both part of Brassey's series The Warriors. He lives in Buhl, Idaho.
    Review quote
    As fascinating a flying tale as you will ever read, and it s all true.