As I’ve said in other posts, I have a range of interests. Yes, I do an awful lot of political posts here, or depending on your point of view, a lot of awful political posts, :twisted: but I do range around. This is one of those days.
After the Vietnam War, the military decided they needed a new airplane. That’s not really unusual, but one of the types they decided they needed was something for “close air support.” After a competition, they picked one. It was relatively cheap (around $14 million each), and was built specifically for that purpose. The Air Force hated it. They tried to palm it off on another service, and then came up with plans for replacing it. Then came Desert Storm, and the plane the Air Force didn’t want, because it was “low, slow, and ugly” showed just what it really was: The single best air support and anti-armor attack aircraft in the world. The A-10 Thunderbolt II, or as it’s better known as, the Warthog.
The saying in the ground forces is that when it looks like things might be tough, you want to “go ugly early.” It’s now an indispensable part of the Air Force, and even loved:
Since then, the Warthog has been an Air Force darling and a financial priority. Ongoing upgrades to the fleet, including new wing-sets, sensors and improved firing precision abilities, will cost the Pentagon an estimated $2.25 billion through 2013
Moving on from ugly, there’s cute. Say hello to Cookie, the penguin mascot at the Cincinnati Zoo Bird House:
And further, just “wow” stuff – water droplets orbiting a knitting needle:
And just because I can, some pictures with captions!