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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.


The A-10 is a slow, stick-and-rudder airplane built around a Gatling gun capable of firing 4000 rounds a minute. It is an ugly beast (thus its nickname: Warthog), but ``hog drivers'' think highly of it because of its ability to remain aloft after absorbing gross punishment from enemy aircraft. Smallwood, who interviewed 143 of the pilots who flew the A-10 in the Gulf War, here presents an exhilarating, fact-packed narrative that conveys the emotional as well as the technical/tactical aspects of the Warthog effort during Desert Storm. In the war's first phase, A-10 squadrons carried out a precise preemptive campaign against targets that could affect the outcome of the allied ground campaign. Throughout that four-day operation, A-10s provided close air support for advancing coalition forces and decimated two Republican Guard divisions. The Warthogs flew an average of 193 missions per day for 42 days and are credited with destroying at least half of the Iraqi armor. Six Warthogs were lost. Two pilots were killed. A valuable addition to air-war literature. Military Book Club main selection. (June)

"A fitting tribute."--Stephen Coonts, author of Flight of the Intruder
--Stephen Coonts
"As fascinating a flying tale as you will ever read, and it's all true."--Mark Berent, author of Steel Tiger
--Mark Berent
"Smallwood writes so well that we feel the sweat in the small of our backs and the adrenaline pumping."--F. Clifton Berry Jr. and author of CNN: War In the Gulf
--F. Clifton Berry, Jr. (6/2/2017 12:00:00 AM)
"An absorbing tale of how a decidedly ugly duckling became a military hero of some consequence."--Kirkus Reviews
-- "Kirkus Reviews" (6/2/2017 12:00:00 AM)
"Exhilarating, fast-paced narrative."--Publishers Weekly
-- "Publishers Weekly" (6/2/2017 12:00:00 AM)
"One of the more valuable additions to the literature of the Persian Gulf War."--Booklist
-- "Booklist" (6/2/2017 12:00:00 AM)

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