The Anonymous Widower

Where Are The Warthogs?

It must have been over twenty years ago, when I ended up in the Clopton Crown public house, spending an evening’s drinking with two USAF pilots, who lived locally.

They flew A10 Thunderbolt IIs out of RAF Bentwaters.

These aircraft are effectively a flying-gun, which are affectionately known as Warthogs, were designed with one purpose in mind and that was to stop Russian tanks marching through Europe.

When I told the pilots, that I had several hundred hours flying light aircraft. they told me, how easy the Warthogs were to fly.

Perhaps the Americans should have brought a few out of store and given them to the Ukrainians with a training package?


February 25, 2022 - Posted by | World | , , , , , ,


  1. Will yiou be writing to your MP?

    Comment by chilterntrev | February 25, 2022 | Reply

  2. I may do!

    Comment by AnonW | February 25, 2022 | Reply

  3. It’s not the flying that is the issue with something like this, it is the ground maintenance that probably couldn’t be transferred quickly enough–so the use might be limited to a very small number of missions and then destroy the planes on the ground if there is a risk of capture.

    To avoid direct engagement of US military personnel (as ground crew), any experienced ground crew support would need to be done by private military contractors employed directly by Ukraine (the US has used quite a lot of non-military tech contractors supporting military functions in various engagements in the last 20 years or so, in theory it might be possible to mobilise this, but not very quickly).

    Comment by MilesT | February 25, 2022 | Reply

  4. I agree it’s too late for the Ukraine. But if the worst happens there, stationing them in Poland would probably be a very good deterrent, as the Russian army probably knows what they did to Iraqi tanks.

    Comment by AnonW | February 25, 2022 | Reply

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