Operation Desert Storm

USAF F-15E WSO recalls when he and his pilot shot down an Iraqi Mi-24 with a 2000lb laser-guided bomb during Operation Desert Storm

The F-15E Strike Eagle To meet the US Air Force (USAF) requirement for air-to-ground missions, the F-15E Strike Eagle was developed. It made its… Read More

2 months ago

Capt Dale Snodgrass Wingman recalls when Snort F-14 Tomcat had a Close Call with an Iraqi SAM during Operation Desert Storm

Dale “Snort” Snodgrass’ After achieving his B.S. in Biology and successfully completing ROTC training, legendary Naval Aviator Dale “Snort” Snodgrass… Read More

2 months ago

HUD Video shows Badass F-16 Pilot dodging 6 Iraqi SAMs (without chaff or flares!) over Baghdad during Operation Desert Storm

F-16 dodging 6 Iraqi SAMs Taken during the Package Q air strike into Baghdad on Jan. 19, 1991 the famous… Read More

3 months ago

The “Secret Squirrel Seven’s” Senior Surprise: The B-52 Stratofortress Top Secret mission that launched the first strike of Operation Desert Storm

Operation Secret Squirrel On Jan.16, 1991, at 0636 local time, mission commander Lt Col John “Jay” Beard, aircraft commander Capt… Read More

3 months ago

CH-47 crew chief recalls when a Chinook pilot tasked to sling load a 15,000 lb Daisy Cutter to a safe area got scared and released the bomb 5 feet from ground

The CH-47 Chinook In 1960, Boeing bought Vertol Aircraft Co., a helicopter manufacturer in Philadelphia, Pa. The company had three… Read More

5 months ago

Iraqi Air Force fighter jets were buried in the desert by Saddam Hussein before Operation Iraqi Freedom started. Here’s why.

No Iraqi Air Force opposition during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On Mar. 20, 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) began with preemptive… Read More

6 months ago

“Lone Wolf,” the F-117 that dropped the first bomb in Desert Storm, to arrive at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ahead of multi-year restoration

F-117 at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum On Nov. 11, 2023 the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon,… Read More

6 months ago

‘It’s not risky at all with practice:’ legendary US Navy F-14 Tomcat pilot Dale “Snort” Snodgrass recalls his famed super low Banana Pass

“It’s not risky at all with practice… it was my opening pass to a Tomcat tactical demonstration at sea,” Dale… Read More

9 months ago

During Operation Desert Storm the F-14s RHAW gear went crazy because of the EA-6B ALQ-99 jamming pods emissions

The EA-6B Prowler In 1960, as part of the development of the new A2F (later A-6) Intruder all-weather attack aircraft,… Read More

9 months ago

The story of Package Q Airstrike, the largest operational F-16 mission of all time that made USAF realize that big formations weren’t as good as stealthy precision strikes

The ‘Package Q Airstrike' took place on Jan. 19, 1991 and it was the largest combined strike of Operation Desert… Read More

9 months ago

A-10 Pilot explains how the Mighty Warthog Stacks Up Against MANPADS

“MANPADS s**k. They're Gollum... and you're Frodo, flying around in The One Ring,” Lynn Taylor, former A-10 Warthog pilot. The… Read More

12 months ago

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

1 year ago

Delay and Disrupt Doctrine and strict Rules of Engagements: why US Navy F-14 Tomcats engaged less MiGs than USAF F-15s during Operation Desert Storm

No doubt, ROEs favoured the USAF F-15C crews. However, this did not mean that the US Navy F-14s did not… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the F-15E Strike Eagle that shot down an Iraqi Mi-24 with a 2000lb laser-guided bomb during Operation Desert Storm

During Operation Desert Storm F-15E Strike Eagle #89-0487, or “487” for short, from 335th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS, today 335th… Read More

1 year ago

During Operation Desert Storm an F-4G Wild Weasel dodged 6 SAMs in few seconds. Here’s how.

‘I immediately selected AB, rolled the aircraft inverted, and pulled. All this while keeping the SA-2s on the beam. I… Read More

1 year ago