Tag: Iraqi Air Force
Cold War Era
During Operation Desert Storm IrAF MiG-25s claimed to have shot down a USAF F-15C. And a Bedouin smuggler confirmed the kill.Dario Leone -
IrAF MiG-25s were involved in Operation Samurrá, the IrAF's last attempt at engaging the American F-15Cs. By Jan. 28, 1991 some 82 of Iraq's newest and most advanced combat aircraft — including four MiG-29s, 24 Mirage F1s, and 24 Sukhoi Su-24 twin-jet tactical bombers — had been evacuated to Iran.
Cold War Era
Iraqi MiG-25 Foxbat Pilot explains how he was able to shoot down Lt Cdr Speicher’s F/A-18 Hornet the first night of Operation Desert StormDario Leone -
“I locked a target 38km from me and at 29km I fired R-40RD missile from under my right wing. I kept the target locked with my radar till I witnessed a huge explosion in front of me,” Lt Zuhair Dawoud, IrAF MiG-25 pilot. The opening round of Operation Desert Storm...
Interesting video shows the restoration of IrAF MiG-25 Foxbat found buried in the sand during Operation Iraqi FreedomDan Brokenhouse -
The aircraft on exhibit, a MiG-25RB, was found in 2003 by American forces buried in the sand near Al Taqaddum Airbase 250km west of Baghdad. Taken at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the interesting video in this post shows the restoration of an Iraqi Air Force (IrAF) MiG-25RB Foxbat. ...
Cold War Era
The Incredible Story of the Iranian F-14 Pilot that Safely RTB after having flown through the Fireball of the Iraqi MiG-21 He Had just Shot DownDario Leone -
"I fired one AIM-9 at very close range, and when my missile hit the MiG, it blew up into a massive fireball almost immediately - I could not avoid the explosion," Maj Hazin, IRIAF F-14 Tomcat Pilot Retired by the U.S. Navy on Sep. 22, 2006 the iconic F-14 Tomcat remains the backbone of Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF)...
Cold War Era
That Time an IrAF Commander painted a Female Lap on the Runway to help MiG-21 Pilots Accomplishing Successful LandingsDario Leone -
The results of this exercise were unique: most of the pilots accomplished successful landings right 'on the spot' during their first, or at most their second attempt The first Iraqi pilots to convert to the MiG-21 did so during a six-week course at Lugovaya air base in the USSR, in late 1961 and early 1962. They all returned to Iraq...
Eagle Vs Foxbat: when USAF F-15s dogfighted with Iraqi (or Russian?) MiG-25s during Operation Desert StormDario Leone -
'I looked at him more closely and saw that he had two missile pylons under each wing. Now I knew that it was not an F-15 or F-14. That was the moment I knew that my target was a "Foxbat". Then I started shooting' Rick 'Kluso' Tollini, F-15 pilot The F-15C Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit...
F-14 TomcatRyan W. Gilchrist -
Remembering that there could be no friendly aircraft north of his F-14, Glaze cut the range to the target down to 20 miles and repeatedly told his RIO to lock up the target... On Aug. 2, 1990, Iraq invaded its southern neighbour Kuwait, provoking the affair that was to result in UN-sanctions and US-led Operation Desert Storm, aimed at liberating...
Here’s why the EF-111A aerial kill scored during Operation Desert Storm was “just” another F-15C air-to-air victoryDario Leone -
"Another aircraft hit the ground at my 'two o'clock' about three miles away from where the first Mirage had come down. The pilot of the number two Mirage had gone into a hard right turn to the west in an effort to get away from us, suffered spatial disorientation and then flown into the ground," Capt Robert 'Cheese' Graeter, F-15C...
Aviation HistoryDario Leone -
It is almost certain that the two Mirage kills scored by RSAF F-15s were driven by a political directive that was designed to draw an Arab nation into the limelight. Existing reports suggest that the F1s came within minutes of being able to engage their targets before they were downed The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) purchased 46 F-15Cs (minus...
TOMCAT Vs FOXBAT: THE STORY OF HOW IRIAF F-14 CREWS LEARNED TO SHOOT DOWN THE MiG-25 MACH 3 FIGHTER JETDario Leone -
The F-14 Tomcat fired one AIM-54A from a range of over 100km (60 miles). The missile quickly cut the distance to the MiG-25 Foxbat and slammed into it, creating a huge ball of fire When the then Imperial Iranian Air Force (IIAF, renamed Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, IRIAF, after the Islamic Revolution) purchased the F-14 Tomcat the service...
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