Saturday, August 21, 2010

New book: A-10 Warthog in Action by Lou Drendel

Updated September 2, 2010

In their well-known Aircraft in Action series, Squadron Signal Publications from Carrollton, Texas, USA, released a new photo book about the Hog: A-10 Warthog in Action by Lou Drendel. Item SS1218, Price $14.95.

Publisher's info:
The A-10 Warthog, a twin engine US Air Force ground attack jet, was designed and built from the wheels up for the sole purpose of supporting ground forces. Outwardly ugly and ungainly, the A-10 is one of the most efficient aerial killers ever to take to the sky. Sheathed in 900 pounds of titanium armor, the Warthog - whose official name is the Thunderbolt II - can survive direct hits from armor-piercing and high-explosive projectiles as large as 23mm. It has triple redundancy in its flight control systems, allowing pilots to fly and land when hydraulic power is out or part of a wing has been shot off. Introduced in the mid-1970s, the A-10 has seen service in the Gulf War of 1990-1991; in the Balkans, later in the 1990s; in Afghanistan after 2001; and in the occupation of Iraq, beginning in the spring of 2003. Illustrated with more than 106 photographs, 11 full color paintings, 43 detail drawings and 2 pages of 3-view drawings. Drendel; 56 pages. Source

Lou Drendel is an aviation artist, well-known for his great illustrations, especially for Squadron Signal. Already in 1981, he had published the book A-10 Warthog in action (1049). Source

Note: Special thanks to Warthog News contributor André Jans from the Netherlands for his notification of that in an e-mail to me today.

Update September 2, 2010:

Yesterday, I asked Lou for a little bit more info about the new content of this book, in comparison to the 1981 version. Today, from Lou I got the following e-mail:
Hi Joachim,

Thanks for posting the review on your site. I have asked Squadron/Signal to send you a review copy. Please provide a mailing address.

The new A-10 book includes a lot of the developmental history from the first book, which has been out of print for a long time, but very few of the original photos. About 90% of the photos in the new book are of more recent vintage, including a lot of coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is also a very good first-person narrative of A-10 flying in training and combat.


That sounds very good, Lou. And many thanks for your additional preview info. Dear Warthog News visitors, please look forward for an extensive review by me.

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