Iraqi Air Force

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

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

That time an IrAF MiG-23ML mistakenly shot down an IRIAF F-14A that was defecting to Iraq

Shortly after taking a smooth right turn, the two MiG-23MLs from No. 63 Squadron rolled out barely 8nm behind the… Read More

5 years ago

During Operation Desert Storm IrAF MiG-25s claimed to have shot down a USAF F-15C. And a Bedouin smuggler confirmed the kill.

IrAF MiG-25s were involved in Operation Samurrá, the IrAF's last attempt at engaging the American F-15Cs. By Jan. 28, 1991… Read More

5 years ago

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 Storm

“I locked a target 38km [20.5 miles] from me and at 29km [15.6 miles] I fired [the] R-40RD missile from… Read More

5 years ago

Interesting video shows the restoration of IrAF MiG-25 Foxbat found buried in the sand during Operation Iraqi Freedom

The aircraft on exhibit, a MiG-25RB, was found in 2003 by American forces buried in the sand near Al Taqaddum… Read More

5 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

Eagle Vs Foxbat: when USAF F-15s dogfighted with Iraqi (or Russian?) MiG-25s during Operation Desert Storm

'I looked at him more closely and saw that he had two missile pylons under each wing. Now I knew… Read More

6 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

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… Read More

7 years ago

IT WAS AN IRAQI AIR FORCE F-16 THAT CRASHED IN ARIZONA YESTERDAY

This is the second Iraqi Air Force F-16 to crash in Arizona: the first incident occurred on Jun. 27, 2015… Read More

7 years ago