I think Warthogs are beautiful planes too. I don’t understand how people think they are ugly or ungainly.
I think they are beautiful. And not just because of their beautiful efficiency at what they do.
I love the twin tail. Always reminded me of a B-25. Love the engine pods. The straight wings that can’t slightly skyward remind me of the old A-1 Skyraider.
And that nose. When it has the shark teeth painted on it.
Yeah. Great plane.
Watching them in action is a thrill! They look slow, but they are the real deal!
Tons of lift on those wings :)
I like the fact that the nose gear is skewed off to the side, to make room for the big ugly gun it’s built around.
Nothing sounds better than the long buuurp of the Gatling gun ripping off a few dozen rounds at a dug in threat. The engine whine as it passes inverted overhead is comforting in a vicious sort of way.
“We were Soldiers once, and Young” Hal Moore,LTG, Retired
I must have worked a million A-1s in Vietnam. The Vietnamese A-1 pilots, were VFR rated only, and sometimes, had to land VFR, in IFR conditions. That was scary.