Iraqi Air Force

The kills scored by USAF F-15C Eagle pilots against IrAF aircraft after Operation Desert Storm Ceasefire

Post-war CAPs were usually quite uneventful, and the biggest enemy that threatened most F-15C Eagle pilots during this period was… Read More

3 months ago

EF-111A EWO explains why the Raven aerial kill scored during Operation Desert Storm was low-altitude maneuvering kill and not an F-15C air-to-air victory

‘Out of the black night, a bright, orange, twisting, tumbling fireball flashes forward into our right two-o-clock as Jim keeps… Read More

9 months ago

Here’s why Iraqi MiGs posed serious threat to USAF F-15C Eagles during Operation Southern Watch

A MiG-25 'Foxbat' which flew into the no-fly zone at Mach 2.5 and headed directly for a high-value asset, created… Read More

10 months ago

The Oil Tankers and Merchant Ships hit by the Iraqi Air Force Super Étendard attack aircraft during the Tanker War with Iran

The Super Étendard was used by Iraqi Air Force to attack oil tankers and merchant shipping in the Persian Gulf… Read More

1 year ago

The story of Suzanna, the Modified Iraqi Falcon 50 Business Jet that almost Sank US Navy’s guided missile frigate USS Stark

On May 17, 1987, the guided missile frigate USS Stark was hit by pair of French Made Exocet Missiles… Read More

1 year ago

The crazy story of the Iraqi Tu-16 bomber that used its defensive barbettes to strafe Ramat David Israeli Air Force Base during the Six-Day War

Still pursued by the two Mirages, the Tupolev thundered low over the Israeli air base, making right turn that… Read More

1 year ago

USAF F-15C pilot explains how he was able to shoot down an Iraqi MiG 29 without firing single shot in the only real turning fight of Operation Desert Storm

‘At about two miles I looked once again, but I was no longer thinking about taking a pre-merge shot, so… Read More

2 years ago

Remembering the Iraqi Air Force fighter jets found buried in the desert by American Forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom

“When United States and coalition forces invaded Iraq in 2003 [during Operation Iraqi Freedom], they faced no Iraqi Air Force… Read More

2 years ago

Intercepting Iraqi MiG-25s, flying DACT against USMC F/A-18s and flying training sorties with live weapons: how RAF Tornado F3 crews prepared for Operation Desert Storm

‘Some sorties included highly dynamic dissimilar air combat exercises against the US Marine Corps F/A 18, as it had a… Read More

2 years ago

How Iraq opposition to the US policy in Vietnam made the Iraqi Air Force the second-largest operator of MiG-21s in the Middle East

Not only did the MiG-21 proved to be easy to maintain, but the Soviets were quick to deliver. Originally ordered… Read More

3 years ago

The Iraqi MiG-21 F-14 Killer than never was: the story of the MiG-21 Jay Fighter

Is there chance for such an aircraft to have ever shot down an IRIAF F-14? This is to address… Read More

3 years ago

USMC F/A-18D Hornet Pilot Tells the Story of Tense ATARS Mission aimed to Find a Missing IrAF MiG-25 Foxbat few days before the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom

“The target area was extremely quiet — almost too quiet for a suspected landing site of a valuable MiG-25 fighter.… Read More

3 years ago

Here’s how USAF F-111 Strike Aircraft were able to Defend themselves against Iraqi Fighter Threat during Operation Desert Storm

F/EF-111 crews were not prepared for air-to-air engagements, however, their aircraft lacking the manoeuvrability to engage in that sort of… Read More

3 years ago