Iraqi Air Force

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

3 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

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

4 years ago

USMC F/A-18D Hornet Pilot Tells the Story of a 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

4 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

4 years ago

Document Aimed to Help Iraqi MiG Fighter Pilots to recognize the F-117 during Desert Storm featured B-2 Silhouette

Immediately after the war had ended, US forces inspecting the IrAF’s heavily damaged air base at Tallil found this poorly-copied… Read More

4 years ago

Here are some Tips for building an Accurate Model of an Iraqi MiG-25 Foxbat

“Nearly every single model of an Iraqi MiG-25PD from 1991 I've seen so far is missing at least one, sometimes… Read More

4 years ago

The Story of the first Iraqi Air Force MiG-21 Pilot Killed In Action during the Yom Kippur War

Hamid and Khafaji MiG-21s clashed with two pairs of Mirages, and Khafaji should have managed to shot down one of… Read More

4 years ago

Iraqi Air Force Performed the Only two Tupolev Tu-16 Air Strikes Ever Conducted against Israel

The Israeli Mirages attempted to attack with Shafrir Mk.1 air-to-air missiles, but these missed, and both pilots were then scared… Read More

4 years ago

The Myth of Soviet Arms and Tactics in the Middle East, Part Four: South Yemeni armed forces – the only ‘true’, Soviet-trained, Soviet-styled armed forces in the Middle East ever

Soviets had no mentality of ‘serving the customer’: they stuffed Arab air forces full of Su-7BMKs armed with R-3 rockets… Read More

4 years ago

The Myth of Soviet Arms and Tactics in the Middle East, Part Three: Single-Engined F-14s and the Iran-Iraq War

The huge 1974 arms deal between Tripoli and Moscow resulted in several – outright ‘nightmarish’ – experiences with Soviet arms.… Read More

4 years ago

This Iraqi Mirage F.1EQ-5 made an Emergency Landing in Saudi Arabia after being Hit by an AIM-7E Fired by an IRIAF F-14A Tomcat

The Iraqi said that their Mirage F.1EQ-5 was hit by a 'Strela' MANPAD, fired by the IRGC: actually, there was… Read More

5 years ago

Iraqi MiG-29 Pilot Explains how he was able to Shoot Down a RAF Tornado during Operation Desert Storm

“I manoeuvred the aircraft to be behind and above them, I selected R-60MK heat-seeking missile and a HUD symbology appeared… Read More

5 years ago

The Story of the Giraffe Missions and how IrAF Mirage F.1 fighter bombers were able to shoot down four IRIAF F-14 Tomcats

When the two Mirage F.1 interceptors were within 20 kilometres from their targets, the ground control issued the pre-determined code-word… Read More

5 years ago

The USS Stark Incident: That time a Modified Iraqi Falcon 50 Business Jet almost Sank a US Navy Frigate

During its rebuild in France the Falcon 50 received the typical pointed nose of the Mirage F.1 containing the Cyrano… Read More

5 years ago