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Remembering Operation Ghost Rider, the long-range strike conducted by USAFE F-111Es to simulate Operation El Dorado Canyon
The F-111F 70-2389 (callsign 'Karma 52'), the sixth aircraft on Bab al-Aziza target, vanished in unexplained circumstances. On Apr. 14, 1986, at 5:13 p.m., U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-111F Aardvarks from the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) took off from Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath on the orders of President Ronald Reagan.
Remembering Operation Ghost Rider, the long-range strike conducted by USAFE F-111s to simulate Operation El Dorado Canyon
Many of the elements of Operation El Dorado canyon were tested and proven in Ghost Rider, including the vital coordination procedures with tankers — particularly the idea of keeping each F-111 element with a dedicated tanker throughout the mission. For newcomers to RAF Lakenheath, the base Relocation Assistance Program video assured them that,...
The story of the SR-71 Blackbird that outran Gaddafi's SAMs during a BDA flight of Libya in support of Operation Eldorado Canyon
"It is a race the SR-71 will not let us lose. The Mach eases to 3.5 as we crest 80,000 feet. We are a bullet now – except faster. Screaming past Tripoli, our phenomenal speed continues to rise, and the screaming Sled pummels the enemy one more time, laying down a parting sonic boom..." SR-71 Blackbird Vs Gaddafi's SAMs. On Apr. 14,...
Operation El Dorado Canyon was hailed as a success, marking the longest combat mission flown by a tactical aircraft for the Air Force at that time On Apr. 14, 1986, at 5:13 p.m., U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-111F Aardvarks from the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) took off from Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath on the orders of President Ronald...

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