PODCAST: Pierre Sprey and the Birth of the A-10

Pierre Sprey
Pierre Sprey. (Photo: Jim Stevenson )

The A-10 has proven itself to be one of the most venerable and capable aircraft in the US arsenal. It is also an aircraft most people in the Air Force never wanted and have spent years actively working to send it to the scrap yard. It is the first aircraft every designed from the very beginning to be solely dedicated to supporting ground troops. Generations of American soldiers and Marines have come to love the jet for its unique abilities to free them from jams and to help accomplish the mission. The A-10 achieved this status through a unique set of fortuitous events and a few brave and dedicated individuals who dedicated themselves to making sure the men and women fighting one the ground would receive the support they needed from the air. Pierre Sprey, one of Robert McNamara’s “whiz kids,” played a key role in the creation of the A-10 and recounts this incredible story.

Show Notes:

Air Force Headquarters Starving A-10 Squadrons (Again)

A-10 Saved by Congress but Operating on Borrowed Time

How much damage can the A-10 Thunderbolt endure before being shot down?

Why the A-10 Warthog Is Such a Badass Plane

*Music: “Without Limits” Ross Bugden*

Photo of Dan Grazier

By: Dan Grazier, Jack Shanahan Military Fellow

Dan Grazier is the Jack Shanahan Military Fellow at the Project On Government Oversight

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