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A-10 Thunderbolt II: Fairchild Republic’s Warthog at War

26 January 2020

A-10 Thunderbolt II: Fairchild Republic’s Warthog at War, Ken Neubeck, 2019, ISBN 978-0-7643-5670-4, 128 pp.

A-10 Thunderbolt II: Fairchild Republic’s Warthog at War by Ken Neubeck

Ken Neubeck has done it again with his newest book, this one on the venerable as as well as ineplicably dismissed A-10. Neubeck not only has authored excellent books he was on the A-10 project hence bringing insight as well as knowledge to his readers in this title.

The A-10 is generally loved by our grunts and feared by our enemies with its ability to loiter, absorb combat damage and to Charlie Mike (C-M, continue mission), as well as bringing a cannon to a gun fight. Yes, the famed 30mm rotary cannon with 1000+ round supply. Often the A-10 need only to do a low fly by (show of force) to stop the fight before it starts. Other aircraft do this as well but ground forces know that the A-10 can put rounds on target more accurately than the fast movers and a lot of cover his needed against those 30mm cannon rounds—imperative tactical decisions for the opposition to keep in mind.

The A-10 has been routinely dismissed by Air Force brass, and one must assume the defense industry. At least twice the A-10 was saved from premature retirement by war. And when war came Warthog pilots (both men and women) stepped up and prevailed. Often, significant parts of an A-10 was destroyed during an air support mission only to be repaired within hours of return—a feat not often seen on the premier jets of the day. Of course attempts have been made to replace the A-10 though the Air Force has a sad record for CAS aircraft designs. They attempted a CAS version of the F-16 (the short-lived A-16) with a center-mounted pylon cannon having less than 25% of the round load out of the A-10—they were recalled quickly when they could not be relied on for accurate shooting. Much less loitering. Much less needing to RTB to reload. Not to mention the differential regarding the cost per hour of flying these two aircraft.

Neubeck delivers this analysis and well as detail through the tried and true formula used by Schiffer Publishing’s Legends of Warfare: Aviation series using almost innumerable photos combined with observant captions and focusing text beginning each of the fifteen chapters. The reader will come to appreciate the potential of the aircraft, its details, as well as the tenacity of its pilots to defend and protect. Women plots are well represented and thankfully not as women pilots but as combat pilots pure and simple. Historical operations are individually covered as are just about every detail of the aircraft including the sequence of modifications.

This is THE BOOK on the A-10. This is not the book on the A-10’s replacement as Neubeck clearly shows there is none.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ken Neubeck permalink
    28 February 2020 22:49

    Thank you very much for your kind review on my book on the A-10. I have had a deep connection with the aircraft, having been an engineer on the program, as I have described in the book. This is the book that I had always wanted to publish on the Warthog and given a free hand to do so. The Desert Storm chapter is a major chapter in the book. Please check out a number of upcoming books in this series that I have written and are coming out in 2020 – the F/A-18 Super Hornet, the F-84 THunderjet and the Thunderbirds aero team.. Again, thank you for your review and support….Ken Neubeck

    • travelforaircraft permalink
      29 February 2020 08:19

      Your A-10 book is excellent and your subsequent books have exciting titles–thank you for the writing of them 🙂

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