Tag: Operation Desert Storm

El Coyote: The Story of VF-1 Wolfpack’s Desert Storm Kill
Stenciled on the tails of VF-1's Wichita 103 were the words “El Coyote”. This Tomcat scored the first recorded air-to-air kill against an Iraqi helicopter in Desert Storm. After a four-day port call at Subic Bay in the Philippines, the USS Ranger set sail on Jan. 3, 1991 for the Persian Gulf,...
Barksdale Panel to reveal details on Operation Secret Squirrel, the BUFF Top Secret mission that launched the first strike of Operation Desert Storm
Code named Operation Senior Surprise, aka Secret Squirrel, this 35 hour mission was the first combat use of the Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missile At 3:00 a.m. on the rainy morning of Jan. 16, 1991, Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) crews were awakened to the alert, “All Sierra crews report to the...
Tomcat Down in Iraq, Part II: Prisoner Of War
"I thought about my family a lot. I felt that if I was reduced to counting the bricks in the cell, I would have lost control," Lieutenant Larry Slade, former VF-103 F-14A(Plus) Tomcat RIO While Lieutenant Jones struggled to survive in the desert, his RIO, Lieutenant Larry Slade, had already been picked up....
Tomcat Down in Iraq, Part I: the CSAR Mission that rescued F-14 Driver Lieutenant Devon Jones
"I had a moment of panic there. But, hey! the A-10s have those huge cannons. They opened up with their 30-mike-mike. By the time they each finished two runs there was nothing out there, just flames and dust, about 100 yd from me,” Lieutenant Devon Jones, former  VF-103 F-14A(Plus) Tomcat driver Lieutenant...
This VFA-81 F/A-18C driver scored the first (of only two) U.S. Navy MiG Kill during Operation Desert Storm
"This is the first time to my knowledge that an airplane scored a kill while carrying four 2,000-lb bombs, then continued on to hit its target,” Lieutenant Commander Mark Fox, VFA-81 F/A-18 Hornet Pilot On Jan. 17, 1991 Lieutenant Commander Mark Fox and Lieutenant Nick Mongillo launched with five other VFA-81 F/A-18 Hornets as part...
Former USMC A-6 Pilot explains why the Intruder was the perfect CAS Aircraft
"During Operation Desert Storm the B-52s heavily involved in CAS missions flew ten-hour missions from Diego Garcia. None had the external racks they used in Vietnam. They carried only 56 500-lb bombs. Two A-6s did more damage than a B-52" Capt Tom Uryga, former USMC A-6 pilot The Grumman A-6 Intruder was the ‘Main Battery’ of carrier aviation throughout the Vietnam...
This A-6E was able to RTB in spite of heavy damage by Iraqi defences the first night of Operation Desert Storm
VA-35's A-6E 'Ray Gun 502' was hit by an Iraqi Roland SAM just as it started dropping its six Mk 83 Snakeyes Taken on Jan. 18, 1991 the impressive photos in this post show VA-35's A-6E 'Ray Gun 502' BuNo 158539 sitting off the runway at Al Jouf, in Saudi Arabia, the morning after having been hit by an Iraqi...
How an Iraqi Airfiled Commander Saved the Lives of two A-6 Crew Members Downed the First Night of Operation Desert Storm
"I'm certain Gen Layth Muneer, the H-3 base commander, saved our lives that night. He kept us safe through the night by keeping us in the base infirmary," Lt Bob Wetzel, Former A-6 Pilot The Grumman A-6 Intruder was the ‘Main Battery’ of carrier aviation throughout the Vietnam War, and it remained in service with the US Navy and US Marine...
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...