Friday, March 08, 2013 - 06:07 AM UTC
Two new titles are coming in few weeks from Osprey Publishing. Here's a short information about their content.
A-10 Thunderbolt II Units of Operation Enduring Freedom 2002-07
Combat Aircraft 98
Author: Gary Wetzel
Illustrator: Jim Laurier
Paperback, 96 pages;
About this book
The A-10 was never a favourite amongst the USAF’s senior staff, and prior to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990 they had attempted to transfer the aircraft to the US Army and Marine Corps. Reprieved from premature retirement, the A-10 would see combat in the Balkans during the mid-1990s and over Iraq in Operations Northern Watch and Southern Watch until Operation Iraqi Freedom began in 2003. Following the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States, the Bush administration responded with the instigation of Operation Enduring Freedom. A-10 aircraft first entered the fray during Operation Anaconda in March 2002. During Anaconda four A-10s flying from Pakistan provided 21 straight hours of FAC (A)/CAS coverage. The untold story of the A-10 in Enduring Freedom will be explored and presented as never before through first hand interviews and photography from those involved, along with official military achieves. This title is the first of three planned covering the combat experience of the USAF’s A-10 Thunderbolt II units. Follow-on volumes will examine the role of the Warthog during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- Design, development and deployment
- Southern Watch to Anaconda
- 455th AEG at war
- Rainbow Teams
- Charlie goes to war
- Kandahar - the 451st welcomes you
Curtiss P-40 – Long-nosed Tomahawks
Air Vanguard 8
Author: Carl Molesworth
Paperback, 64 pages;
About this book
The initial version of the Curtiss P-40, designated by the manufacturer as the Hawk H-81, combined the established airframe of the earlier radial-powered H-75 (P-36) fighter with the Allison V-1710 liquid-cooled engine. The year was 1939, and the marriage was one of expediency. With the threat of war in Europe growing by the day, the US Army Air Corps brass wanted a modern fighter that would combine the sterling handling qualities of the P-36 with a boost in performance that would make it competitive with the new types emerging in Germany and England, and the generals wanted the new plane immediately. The P-40 delivered admirably, and though it never reached the performance levels of the Bf 109 or Spitfire, the sturdy fighter nevertheless made a place in history for itself as the Army's frontline fighter when the US entered World War II. Long-nosed P-40s initially saw combat in North Africa, flying in Royal Air Force squadrons. They also fought in the skies over Pearl Harbor and the Philippines. But the long-nosed P-40 is best known as the shark-faced fighter flown by the American Volunteer Group – the legendary Flying Tigers – over Burma and China during 1941–42.
- Design and Development
- Technical Specifications and Variants
- Operational History
- Bibliography and Further Reading
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