A-10's for Ukraine

Ukrainian Pilots Training for A-10

Aug 27, 2022 (0)

Some might not know this but the A-10 American fighter plane was mainly designed to be the most effective machine to eliminate the Soviet Union tanks and other armoured vehicl...

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IS IT TOO LITTLE TOO LATE

Updated Aug 22, 2022

Sometimes I love being vindicated; sometimes it leaves a taste of wormwood and gall, to quote the King James Version of the Bible. Please see an article reproduced on the i...
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The US is ready to discuss the transfer of the legendary A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthog to Ukraine

Jul 22, 2022

“A lot of decisions depend on Kyiv and its needs, we are open to discuss the requirements and how we can meet them,” US Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall told a jou...

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The Ukrainians are Big Boys – Let Them Decide

Jun 23, 2022

The following is a summary taken from reports produced for Lockheed Martin's defense related news service. And in a previous article, the US made what sounds to me to be an ...

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THE GUNSHIP CALYPSO

Jun 18, 2022

The following is excerpted from an article written for Defense News, which itself (despite the official-seeming name) is a pure product of Lockheed-Martin, not coincidentall...

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What Makes the A-10 Go BRRRRT?

Jun 2, 2022

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A-10: the plane that just won't die

May 27, 2022

Throughout my 10-year flying career in the United States Air Force, the A-10C Thunderbolt II, affectionately dubbed the Warthog, has been the subject of divestment. There i...

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Penny wise, Pound foolish

Updated May 29, 2022

I have done it; spent too little money on a used car and ended up with a maintenance nightmare that ultimately cost me far more than a newer and better car would have. Maybe i...

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GIVE US THE TOOLS AND WE SHALL FINISH THE JOB

Updated May 29, 2022

A-10s are the right thing for Ukraine, as we've written on this site. Former Assistant Navy Secretary Everette Pyatt thinks so too, and he spelled out his reasons in a March 3...

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IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY

Updated May 29, 2022

A-10 Close air support attack aircraft National origin United States Manufacturer Fairchild Republic First flight 10 May 1972; 49 years ago Intro...

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The Fighter Mafia and the A-10

Updated May 29, 2022

We are a contentious race. And the newer and less established something is, the more contentious it can be. Almost 120 years have passed since the momentous achievement of the...

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Why The Ghost of Kiev was Real…and Why it Doesn't Matter

Updated May 29, 2022

Major Stepan Tarabalka, first identified then debunked as the “Ghost of Kiev,” is only the latest in a line of legendary pilots. During Vietnam, there was a North Vietname...

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Ukraine Can't Get Jets From US So They're Building Their Own Out of Scraps

May 2, 2022

A week after the Pentagon mistakenly said they transferred jets to Ukraine, the official Twitter account of Ukraine's Air Force said, "Ukraine did not receive new aircraft f...

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The Business End of Things

Updated May 29, 2022

Extending aggressively from the front of the Warthog is the tool of its trade, the GAU-8 Avenger (correctly referred to as the A/A 49E-6 Gun System) rotating autocannon. It is...

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You are Not Alone

Updated May 29, 2022

According to the after action reports, although they may or may not be totally accurate, the missile destroyer Moskva, pride of the Black Sea fleet, was sunk by one brave pilo...

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You CAN teach an Old Hog New Tricks, Part II

Updated May 29, 2022

I ask the reader's indulgence. Now that I have reached Ukraine and am assigned to a unit of English speakers, an emotional note might creep in. I've just lost a comrade in arm...

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Two Chucks and a Chick

Updated May 29, 2022

Military humor can be difficult for the uninitiated, especially those who don't appreciate gallows humor crossed with sports jokes, all leavened with indecipherable-to-the-uni...

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You CAN Teach and Old Hog New Tricks: Part 1

Updated May 29, 2022

For a weapon system to have numerous applications is good, for all of the obvious reasons. However, there is a point beyond which using a weapons system for roles it was not d...
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Merits/risks pros/cons of supplying Military Aircraft to Ukraine

Apr 4, 2022

After nearly 5 weeks, there does not appear to be an end to the Russian-Ukraine war. Both sides have been claiming partial victories but what is clear is that Ukraine is not f...

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Thunderbolt

Updated May 29, 2022

The philosopher Hobbes, who had seen the slaughter at the dawn of the era of modern small arms, called life “nasty, brutish and short.” One can only believe that this came...