It’s a Size Thing
Originally published October 26, 2010.
Filed under Airplanes, Lex
The A10 has quite a history. When it was first conceived, the Air Force didn’t want it. Low, slow, and certainly not related to the Eagle or the Viper.
Since it’s original purpose was tank killing, specifically in Germany where it was thought 100s of Warsaw Pact tanks would come though the Fulda Gap, the Army said that if the Air Force didn’t want it they’d take it.
The Air Force, seeing an encroachment on their territory then said they’d be glad to have it.
The interesting thing to me was what I learned reading Robert Kaplan’s book Hog Pilots Blue Water Grunts — his book about the high-tech Air Force and Navy.
He was saying that the A10 pilot is – in attitude – more like the WW2 Army Air Force pilot. Their primary mission is to protect those troops on the ground, and their outlook – and tactics – reflect that.
Quite a gun that plane is built around.
Just had a pair of A10′s fly over the ranch just today…headed west/southwest, not sure where they were headed to unless landing at IND for some reason.
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