Hey wingwalker, in your opinion where did the A4 stack up against the F4 and Crusader? I have a huge hardon for how ridiculously neat the Crusader was.
The A-4 was an attack bomber, the others -- Crusader and F-4 -- were fighters. When I put in my duty-preference card as I wrapped up flight training, my first choice was Crusader, second was A-4 and third was A-1 Skyraider (a massive single-engine prop plane). All three had different missions, but the common theme for me was that each had a single cockpit.
After you read that, check out "Over the Beach" by Zalin Grant. It chronicles the air war in 1967 from the perspective of one of the two F-8 Crusader squadrons, but it covers most of the air wing activities (including a brief mention of my leader and I both getting bagged within 12 minutes -- not a good day). It's a great read, because it was written by a good journalist who was careful with the facts.I really appreciate the perspective!
as an aside, I really need to read "Sled Driver" one of these days
Here's a link to an analysis of a number of attack aircraft, including the A-10. And it gives a brief explanation of why the A-10 isn't favored by the Air Force.My favorite battle field plane is still the A-10 Tank Buster. It is one badass effective ground fighter.
Looks like they are working on getting it airworthy again:A mate drove me over to a classic car show held at an old airfield (East Kirkby) today and we also enjoyed watching this old bird taxi around. It only does taxi runs, which you can pay for a ride so I paid a deposit and put my name down....18 months waiting list.
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Was there any indication this plane had anything other than the Merlins. It just says the restoration began with the restoration of the engines in 1992. It has taken 20 years to restore or obtain engines?I cant see it being airworthy anytime soon, but it is now fitted with the 4 engines mentioned above. Made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up this morning when they powered those Merlins up
The A-10 is an airborne tank. It's the only plane that you can fly into a hostile shooting situation to surgically remove the enemy without taking out friendlies, and accomplish the mission while taking on an enormous amount of damage before becoming inoperable. It also has the best armor of any cockpit known to mankind(possible hyperbole). Nothing is coming through the bottom or side of the tub that the pilot is sitting in. You can't compare the plane to anything else because nothing else can do it's job. Ask the guys on the ground how they feel when they hear the burp of God himself slicing through the air as his enemy is turned to meat spray. And ask the pilots which plane they want to fly into a mission where they know they are going to take on a few hits. Fuck how the Air Force bobble headed leadership "feels" about the plane. It's irreplaceable. Did I mention I like it?Here's a link to an analysis of a number of attack aircraft, including the A-10. And it gives a brief explanation of why the A-10 isn't favored by the Air Force.
Can We Learn Something From The Defunct A-7F "Strikefighter?"