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 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.
Critics have called the book a "new military aviation classic," and it has now won some major book awards. (See the "Awards" page of this website for more information. )
Buck Wyndham graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and joined the Air Force to fly his dream airplane, the A-10 Thunderbolt II―also called the "Warthog." He became one of the very first pilots to take the mighty Warthog into battle, flying numerous missions during Operation Desert Storm.
He went on to fly the T-38 Talon as an instructor, training new Air Force pilots. He is currently a Captain for a major U.S. airline, has flown Adversary missions as a defense contractor, and also continues to fly privately-owned, surplus military jets as a test pilot and instructor. He is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, EAA, AOPA, CJAA, The Air Force Association, and the Military Writers Society of America.
He has been doing technical writing for various aviation publications for nearly 30 years, and has written several articles for magazines including Warbirds, Classic Jet Journal, and Warbird Digest. He is a skilled photographer and videographer, and enjoys vintage aircraft, studying history, 3D printing, collecting tools, driving his rail speeder, and exploring ghost towns. He is working on his next book, a novel entitled Red Air.
Author Buck Wyndham was recently interviewed for an episode of the Airplane Geeks podcast. He talked about flying the A-10 in Operation Desert Storm, how he wrote the book, and much more! Listen to it here:
Buck was interviewed on 14 September 2020 on the Rampcheck podcast, chatting with the Rumfallo brothers about the A-10 in Desert Storm, airline flying, warbird flying, and more. It was a fun interview. Listen to it here:
Author Buck Wyndham was interviewed by Vincent "Jell-O" Aiello on the Fighter Pilot Podcast. They talked about war, fear, the book, and they also did a book giveaway. Listen to it here:
Another great podcast! The conversation was mostly about flying the A-10 in Desert Storm, and about turning combat experiences into a book.
A great interview in May 2022 with LtCol Mark Hasara. Buck and Mark share some fascinating stories about the A-10 in Desert Storm.
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