Tag: Iraqi Air Force

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 Down
"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)...
That Time an IrAF Commander painted a Female Lap on the Runway to help MiG-21 Pilots Accomplishing Successful Landings
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...
Dogfighting Foxbats: USAF F-15s Vs Iraqi (or Russian?) MiG-25s
'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...
What Should’ve been the F-14 Tomcat’s First Air-Air Kill of Desert Storm
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 victory
"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...
The controversial kills scored by Saudi F-15s during Operation Desert Storm
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 jet
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...
Iraqi F-16 crashes in Arizona
This is the second Iraqi Air Force F-16 to crash in Arizona: the first incident occurred on Jun. 27, 2015 when an Iraqi F-16 on a night training crashed killing its pilot As we have reported yesterday, on Sep. 5, 2017 an F-16 went down near Safford Arizon. Now the Arizona Air National Guard says in a news release appeared on...

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