Operation El Dorado Canyon

Naval Flight Officer explains why USS Enterprise (CVN-65) aircraft carrier can’t be turned into a museum

Naval Flight Officer explains why USS Enterprise (CVN-65) aircraft carrier can’t be turned into a museum

The USS Enterprise Commissioned at Newport News, Virginia, on Nov. 25, 1961, USS Enterprise was the world’s first nuclear aircraft… Read More

3 weeks ago

SR-71 pilot recalls when he and his RSO pushed their Blackbird to Mach 3.5 and outran Gaddafi’s SAMs during a BDA flight of Libya in support of Operation El Dorado Canyon

Operation El Dorado Canyon On Apr. 14, 1986 a strike-group of 18 US Air Force (USAF) F-111 fighter bombers supported… Read More

2 months ago

Here’s why SR-71 Blackbird spy planes could go faster than Mach 3.4 During BDA flights of Libya in support of Operation El Dorado Canyon

SR-71 Blackbird flying faster than Mach 3.4 The SR-71, unofficially known as the "Blackbird," is a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance… Read More

6 months ago

US Navy May Dismantle USS Enterprise (CVN-65), the service’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, at Commercial Yard

Due to a heavy workload at the US Navy’s yard Puget Sound, the service is looking to contract with a… Read More

2 years ago

‘We truly felt invincible at Mach 3.15:’ SR-71 pilot tells the story of his BDA flight of Libya in Support of Operation El Dorado Canyon

‘The take seemed normal as we made our hard right turn towards Tripoli, and we were tuned for the SA-5… Read More

4 years ago

Intruders over Libya: former A-6 crew members remember their participation in Operation El Dorado Canyon

“They shot at least two missiles at us. I'm screaming at the pilot to get back down and move the… Read More

4 years ago

‘Blackbird’s Top Speed was Officially Mach 3.2 but the SR-71 was Much Faster Than That,” former Skunk Works Engineer Says

‘Shul’s narrative of flight at or above Mach 3.5 is so far the most detailed evidence available of SR-71 top… Read More

5 years ago

The Libyan Scud Attack on Lampedusa and the Italian Retaliation against Gaddafi that never was

As one of the final parts of preparation for the Italian retaliation against Libya, a single Italian Air Force RF-104G… Read More

5 years ago

Italy’s Prime Minister saved Gaddafi’s Life by Warning of Operation El Dorado Canyon

The Italian F-104s scrambled to inspect the USAF armada approaching western Sicily around midnight from Apr. 14 to 15, 1986… Read More

5 years ago

The sad story of ‘Karma 52’, the only F-111 lost during 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,… Read More

5 years ago

Remembering Operation Ghost Rider, the mock air 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… Read More

5 years ago

The story of the SR-71 Blackbird that outran Gaddafi’s SAMs during a BDA flight of Libya in support of Operation El Dorado Canyon

"It is a race the SR-71 will not let us lose. The Mach eases to 3.5 as we crest 80,000… Read More

6 years ago

THIS DAY IN AVIATION HISTORY: OPERATION EL DORADO CANYON, THE LONG RANGE F-111 STRIKE MISSION THAT DESTROYED LIBYAN TERRORIST TRAINING CAMPS

Operation El Dorado Canyon was hailed as a success, marking the longest combat mission flown by a tactical aircraft for… Read More

7 years ago