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Former F-117 Pilot tells the story of when his Nighthawk was nearly shot down over Baghdad during Operation Desert Storm
“There was AAA everywhere, and I could see these big white puffs and red ropes getting closer and closer. They were gaining on me every second, and were now only 25-30 ft off my wing...” Capt James R Mastny, former F-117 Pilot The end result of the USAF's Have Blue programme launched...
The incredible story of the C-5 crew that performed three night air refuelings during a storm
"I called the middle tanker, below me: 'What number are you, in the middle?' He responded, 'I'm tanker #2.' I said, 'No, you are now tanker #1 and we are on the way down. Also, just to warn you, if we don't get this gas right now, we are going swimming,'" Jay Lacklen, former C-5 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former...
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...
Fireworks over Baghdad: when the F-117 stealth fighters dropped the first bombs of Operation Desert Storm
The F-117 illuminated the front door of the bunker and guided two 2,000 pound Paveway II LGBs into the target. The first blew down the door; the second one went inside and blew up the bunker. Again the F-117 pilot hit his target dead center... The Lockheed F-117 was developed in response to a U.S. Air Force (USAF) request for an aircraft...
That time a KC-135 Crew saved an F-16 Pilot from ejecting over ISIS Territory
"The KC-135 was the linchpin of the fight, without fuel, fighters are inoperable" In 1990, KC-135 Stratotankers answered a new call for help during Operation Desert Shield, which marked the beginning of continuous U.S. Air Force (USAF) contingencies for the next 25 years. Even though combat operations had not yet officially began the tankers had to be kept ready to go...
The stretch of road that Haddad and his crew had fired on quickly became known as the "Highway of Death" due to the enormity of the destruction caused that night The AC-130 gunship (in its various versions) is a heavily armed aircraft incorporating side-firing weapons integrated with sophisticated sensor, navigation, and fire control systems to provide surgical firepower or area saturation...
The F-15C Eagle fighters accounted for 34 of the 37 USAF air-to-air victories during Operation Desert Storm The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield. F-15C and D models were deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1991 in support of Operation Desert...

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