How Hitler and Stalin's World War II Planes Inspired the Deadly A-10 Warthog

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How Hitler and Stalin's World War II Planes Inspired the Deadly A-10 Warthog

It’s a good thing that the Air Force generals who want to retire the beloved A-10 Warthog were not around 70 years ago.

If they were, Josef Stalin might have had them shot.

The Soviet dictator loved the A-10 of his day, otherwise known as the Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik. “They are as essential to the Red Army as bread and water,” he said.

It is the Sturmovik, along with the German Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber, that fathered the A-10. “The World War II close air support successes of both the Stuka and the Sturmovik had a major—and inspiring—influence in convincing all of us early A-X/A-10 proponents that close support was by far the most important mission of air power, certainly more so than strategic bombing,” A-10 designer Pierre Sprey tells War is Boring.

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