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  • A Gulf War A-10 Pilot's Combat Journal
  • By: Buck Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Jim Seybert
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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Hogs in the Sand

By: Buck Wyndham
Narrated by: Jim Seybert
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Summary

"I am awed by my destructive power. With a small squeeze of the gun trigger under my right index finger, I can rip the turret off a thirty-ton battle tank and throw it 200 feet across the desert, while the rest of the tank burns in an explosion of white-hot, burning phosphorescence. But the cold, morbid reality of it does not exist from where I sit and watch it happen. There's no dramatic chord. No deafening explosion. No screams suddenly stifled. The soundtrack of a pilot's war is mostly silent."

The mighty, iconic A-10 Warthog was first thrust into battle in Operation Desert Storm. The men who took it through walls of flak and surface-to-air missiles to help defeat the world's fourth-largest army were as untested as their airplanes, so they relied on personal determination and the amazing A-10 to accomplish their missions, despite the odds.

Hogs in the Sand is the epic and deeply personal year-long journey of one of those pilots as he fights an increasingly terrifying war, all the while attempting to win over a woman and keep control of his internal demons. For anyone who has admired the Warthog, seen it in action, or called upon it to be their salvation, this story will fulfill a desire to virtually strap into the cockpit, while gaining unprecedented understanding of the mind of a modern combat pilot.

©2020 Buck Wyndham (P)2021 Tantor

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An interesting tale from the Gulf War

Some excellent parts to this but a few slow bits too.

Basically as mostly a transcript of Buck's war diaries it's got a bit of a daily report about it but in some ways this is not so bad a format.

Certainly a good book with some very thought provoking and interesting parts to it and very well narrated by Jim Seybert.

Glad to have listened to it and I really enjoyed it, but was not a perfect 5 star overall for me.

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Puts you right in the driving seat of a fire breathing rocket sled!

“Stumbled” upon this audio book and have thoroughly enjoyed the listen. Having watched A-10’s coming off STANTA training area here in East Anglia at tree top level when I was a kid, the book enlightened me into what the planes did during the Gulf War in early 1991 and to think that I may have actually seen the pilots mentioned in the text was amazing.
Highly recommend this book to all military airplane enthusiasts and any residents of East Anglia during the period that the A-10 was stationed here.

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Not as exciting as I want flying an A10 to be!

I have enjoyed many military pilot memoir/ action books and this was a bit of a let down. More memoir/ dull love story than what it's like to be in command of the 30mm rotary cannon. A window in to the 90s but makes the Gulf War seem pretty dull. Plenty of better books of this type available.

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Could not stop listening!

Wow what a listen, a really interesting story of a warthog in Iraq, I remember seeing these buzzing the tree tops in south east England in the early 1990’s as a boy! and the vivid account portrayed here makes it so much more real!
Really worth a listen!!

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Great insight in Warthog ops

If you want to get some insight into what it's like to be in an A-10 squadron, this is a great listen. The author goes into detail what it's like flying missions over Iraq and operating the Warthog. It's very interesting to hear what kind of targets they went after, how they employed different types of weapons and what was going on in the air space above Iraq. You also get a feel for what was like living in "tent city" and being under constant chemical weapons threat.

The narrator makes a couple of mistakes, messing up words like "kevlar" or switching dates. It's a bit weird and should have been caught, but doesn't detract too much.

The only thing I didn't like was the absolutely cringe of the author recanting how he has a crush on a fellow officer who already has a fiance. It culminates in him awkwardly professing his love after the war is over and her confusedly turning him down. It was obvious to her there would never be anything romantic between them and she didn't even lead him on. The whole thing comes across as emo-high-school-drama. Anytime you hear him talk about Sarah, just skip forward a minute or two, it's really not worth your time.

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AN Interesting Account

The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, or better known as the Warthog, is one of those iconic military aircraft. Essentially a flying gattling gun of massive proportions, this machine rains death and destruction upon any target usings it's GAU-8A Avenger gun along with its missiles and bombs. Anyone seeing such an aircraft in action will have no doubt heard the fearsome buzz saw sound as it's massive gun fires. So, when I came across this book written by a pilot of just such a machine recounting his experiences during the first Gulf War of 1991, I was immediately interested.

The book is based off the diary kept by Buck Wyndham. The book begins with Wyndham's squadron based in Cambridge, England and follows his training while introducing us to some of his squadron mates. Further, we meet a love interest of Wyndham's, Sarah. Life is going on swimmingly until the squadron is called up to participate in operation Desert Shield. This involves being relocated to Saudi Arabia and living in a tent. Fortunately, Sarah is there too.

Much of this book details life prior to the outbreak of the actual Gulf War, so isn't packed from start to finish with tales of daring do. Combat missions form a relatively small proportion of this story, so those wanting action all the way may be disappointed. That's not to say this book is boring, not at all. It's a balanced account of what it is like to be a combat pilot with all that entails. That could mean sitting around for hours as well as all the mundane duties required of these men.

AN ongoing theme throughout is Wyndham's interest in Sarah, a woman who appears to be caught between two men competing for her affections.

The combat missions are interesting and paint a vivid picture of what it was like to fly missions in the A-10. Low visibility air to air refuelling and close formation flying in such conditions are every bit as hazardous and difficult as one might imagine with Wyndham's honest account a refreshing perspective for those who believe pilots are fearless.

Narration is good with Jim Seybert's easy to listen to voice. As ever, I have to remark upon the poor proofing at times. The call of "Jink!" by one pilot to another when coming under fire is sometimes "Junk!" A typo that appears several times, making for an odd sounding warning when read by the narrator. Also, there were several typo's involving the word Kevlar, instead being read as Kelvar. Sure, these are minor gripes, but still rather unprofessional by the publisher's to have missed ... several times!

All in all, this is a decent read, if not the best of its kind to be found on Audible.

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Great Stories

Loved the story and the presentation, the swapping of narrators half way through and back again was weird. Buck captures what it feels like to return from war perfectly

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Excellent!

I throughly enjoyed this. Having grown up under the flight path of Bentwaters, it brought back some of my own memories too.

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  • Dick
  • 18-06-22

From a VietNam fellow Ftr Pilot

Buck you did a good job in combat
And a wonderful job of writing mostly about what is in your heart.
The feeling of combat pre and post. “The greatest exhilaration a man can feel is being shot at and missed”
Dick RUTAN
Ltc USAF (Ret) F 100 VN 1968

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  • mjk76
  • 13-05-22

An Interesting Look at the Dessert Storm Air War

I enjoyed listening to this story about Buck Wyndham and his time in the Persian Gulf. I appreciate him sharing his memoirs. I was there too, I arrived sometime after Mr Wyndham, and I remember many of the things that he mentioned in the book. most of all, people are kind of surprised to find out just how boring it could be. I liked Mr windham's way of passing the time.

if you're looking for a picture of what it's like inside of wartime aviation squadron, look no further, you found it! but if you're looking for a rip roaring military adventure tale, this is not it. it's not intended to be that either. this is the record of one man's war.

ground attack pilots are an interesting breed. they're derided by other fighter pilots because what they do is dangerous and their airplanes are not sexy. there's no breaking the sound barrier, nor doing anything flashy and sexy in an A10. Nope, all you can do is line up on a target, destroy the enemy's tanks with Maverick missiles, drop bombs on his head, and introduce him to Mr GAU 8. The men on the ground sure love seeing them, though!

The story took me back. I wish I could have met Lieutenant Wyndham, and I can only hope that my minor contribution to Desert Storm somehow made his job a little easier.

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  • AV8R
  • 16-02-22

Fantastic

A book that needed to be written. I wish there were more. Narrator isn’t a fighter pilot but did ok. This one will get a second pass at some point.

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  • John John
  • 25-11-22

Technically Insightful

A lot of aviation information regarding combat pilot training and combat experience with the A10 Aircraft. At moments, it is insightful and even funny in macabre sense. However, it seems the real story didn’t make it into the book. It has a sanitized feel. A much better book about this type of aviation is Stuka Pilot by Hans Ulrich Rudel.

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  • Tim
  • 24-11-22

Good, but not great account of A-10s Iraq

This book is full of interesting anecdotes and great insight into the conflict, but the lack of experience and perspective of the author is quite obvious. While it is refreshing to hear from the viewpoint of a young pilot, it contrasts poorly with books by more experienced pilots with more perspective. I do appreciate the honest, simple, journal-like account, but it’s not groundbreaking.

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  • CPhillips
  • 14-11-22

A fantastic story!

This book was awesome, especially for a 16 yr old like me who wants to eventually become an a10 pilot, is flying an a10 in sims, and is getting a private pilot license. The narration is good, but the narrator says kelvar instead of kevlar multiple times. Other than that, fantastic!

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  • Douglas
  • 29-10-22

Like brrrrrrtttt!? Well let’s hear about Sarah

For the most part this a decent day to day account of the thoughts and missions of an A10pot during the first Gulf War. About what you’d want and expect from this genre.

However. I didn’t want to spend what felt like a quarter of the book hearing about how he longed after a girl who had friend zoned him and was in a relationship with another man. You will learn to dread the name: Sarah

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  • Jacob Beaver
  • 28-10-22

Good insight into a pilot’s experience in the gulf was, poor example of character

The author glorifies his attempts throughout the book to steal a fellow service members girlfriend. Acting like it’s some act of love when he’s really sabotaging a relationship relying on the stresses of their surroundings to get results he wants. I don’t care how many combat flights you have, when you brag about that you don’t deserve an ounce of respect. I genuinely hope karma caught up to this man.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-09-22

You will enjoy this one.

Disregard the negative comments concerning the narrator. He did a good job. Easy to listen to. His delivery style seems to fit what I imagine the fighter pilot author would sound like.

This is an authentic account of the Gulf War. One that we are lucky to have access to.

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  • Henry
  • 23-08-22

It had its moments

A slightly abridged edition would be wonderful .
The book reenforced two firmly held beliefs in this reader’s military aviation experience .
1) There is a certain “airforceness” that is makes that branch very different .
2 ) Women are an encumbrance in a combat theater of operation . Which is not to say incapable or unworthy . That is if killing the enemy is job one .