Tag: Operation Enduring Freedom

F-15E Pilot explains why first BLU-118/B Thermobaric Bomb dropped during Operation Enduring Freedom Missed the Target
Planning the mission had revealed that the BLU-118/B trajectory would have to be absolutely precise if it were to avoid a ridge that partly obscured the cave entrance. Developed to meet the U.S. Air Force (USAF) requirement for air-to-ground missions, the F-15E Strike Eagle can carry 23,000 pounds of air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons...
The story of the F-15E crews who flew the longest fighter combat sortie ever
`Crockett 51/52s" historic flight had seen the F-15E fighter bombers refuel no fewer than 12 times, each refuelling giving them an additional 60 to 90 minutes of loiter time. The F-15E Strike Eagle is the Western world's definitive multi-role fighter. It has been at the centre of every conflict in which the USAF...
Check out this video of GBU deliveries on Afghanistan, courtesy of Tophatters F-14 Tomcats
The first, emotional segment of the video shows VF-14 Tophatters Tomcats over New York. The cool video in this post features collection of various laser guided bomb strikes conducted in Afghanistan, October 2001, by U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcats belonging to VF-14 Tophatters. This print is available in...
Cool HD Video shows VF-211 F-14A Tomcats taking fuel from RAF Tristar Tanker
“In this particular mission, not only were we refueling at night, but we were doing so on top of a thunderstorm,” Keith “Virus” Schomig, former F-14A Tomcat RIO with VF-211 Checkmates Taken by former Tomcat RIO Keith “Virus” Schomig from the cockpit of his F-14 in February 2002, the cool video in this...
Too Many in the Stack: A-10 pilot tells the story of a night, risky mission flown in bad weather, in congested airspace
One A-10 pilot who almost collided with a UAV when it arrived in his airspace unannounced commented, 'This thing hits me and I have to eject over who knows where, while the Predator operator simply sets down his cup of coffee!' The A-10 Thunderbolt II, or the ‘Warthog’, is the world’s premier close air support aircraft. Originally designed to thwart the...
A-10 driver remembers a memorable BRRRRRTTTTTTT Run performed during Operation Enduring Freedom
"The truck was obliterated, who knows how much ordnance had been on it? The funny thing was that while my wingman was on the boom, all this happened at his 'six o'clock', prompting the boom operator to ask him, 'Holy cow, what was that?'" Capt Eric White, A-10 driver The A-10 Thunderbolt II, or the 'Warthog', is the world's premier...
The unknown story of an A-10 CAS mission performed to support Special Forces deployed in Afghanistan
Just as the A-10s and the helicopters were returning to base, the Special Forces men discovered that they had forgotten one member of the team on the ground. Immediately Stock went back to the extraction location and he saw a man wandering around that location... The now deactivated 103rd Fighter Squadron (FS) from 111th Fighter Wing (FW) has been among...
The unknown story of an A-10 Sandy mission flown during OEF to cover an ejected Mirage 2000D aircrew
“I flew over the town real low to kind of tell them that ‘we are here and stay away’. I then started to talk to the crews about injuries. At that point, the CSAR crews checked in,” Capt. Mike ‘Papa’ Roach, A-10 pilot How four A-10 Warthogs deterred any threat from getting close to an ejected French Mirage 2000D aircrew. On...
That time a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet landed safely with a KC-10 refueling basket stuck in its refueling probe
The refueling basket became disconnected from a USAF KC-10 during an air-to-air refueling mission, shattering the Hornet’s canopy Taken on Feb. 1, 2002, the main image of the article shows maintenance personnel dispatched from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) removing a refueling basket from the refueling probe on an F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter assigned...
Here's another story of an A-10 Warthog that landed safely with a hole in the cowling of her left engine
"As I let off the trigger on my second pass, I saw that the master caution light had started flashing. I looked down into the cockpit and saw that my entire left engine instrument stack was completely lit up. Everything that could be lit up was lit up," Capt Aaron Cavazos, 75th EFS A-10 Warthog pilot The A-10 Warthog is...

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