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Air Force releases details of 24-hour Libya mission from Ellsworth
Rapid City Journal ^ | Thursday, August 4, 2011 9:45 pm | Nick Penzenstadler

Posted on 08/05/2011 7:52:47 PM PDT by Pan_Yan

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As the ice and snow fell on March 27, two B-1s took off during a snow and ice storm. The two bombers flew east across the United States and over international waters. Flying with the wind, the jets required four mid-air refuelings to reach Libya. Hart said the crews flew over water after leaving the U.S.

"Whenever we fly a military aircraft over another country's airspace you need a diplomatic clearance," Hart said. "The clearances take time we didn't have, and there's less visibility if you're not flying over someone's country."

After dropping the first wave of bombs, the crews and aircraft recovered for a few hours at a classified location in Europe. On their way back to the United States, the B-1s struck several more targets in Libya.

Flying against the wind, the jets needed five more mid-air refueling before touching back down at Ellsworth, 24 hours after their mission began and in much better weather.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airforce; b1bomber; bone; ellsworth; libya; oup
I admire and pray for our servicemen. I mostly pray that someone competent is soon in charge and will stop using them as pawns for political gain.
1 posted on 08/05/2011 7:52:55 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

I wonder if the men flying B17’s and B24’s ever imagined such a thing would someday be possible?


2 posted on 08/05/2011 7:59:18 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Pan_Yan

Remember, this does not constitute “hostilities”


3 posted on 08/05/2011 8:00:58 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Pan_Yan

bump.


4 posted on 08/05/2011 8:05:55 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: Slump Tester
I wonder if the men flying B17’s and B24’s ever imagined such a thing would someday be possible?

If you're talking about bombers flying around the world to hit any target, anywhere, any time, many of those men are the ones who made it possible.

If you're talking about the United States bombing a country that went from a terrorist state to an ally to an enemy for no clear reason and with no clear goals, them I have no idea.

5 posted on 08/05/2011 8:07:26 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Prokopton
Remember, this does not constitute “hostilities”

Not at all. A flight of B-1s and B-2s bombing over 100 targets in 24 hours is clearly part of our stated mission to enforce a no fly zone. Er, protect civilians from the fighting. I mean encourage regime change in Libya.

Okay, I really have no idea what we are doing.

6 posted on 08/05/2011 8:11:05 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan
If you're talking about the United States bombing a country that went from a terrorist state to an ally to an enemy for no clear reason and with no clear goals, them I have no idea.

I thought it was because Obama was criticized for not "doing anything" to help anti-government forces in Iran and Egypt, and he doesn't like being criticized, so he decided to "do something" in Libya.

7 posted on 08/05/2011 8:11:36 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Pan_Yan
Okay, I really have no idea what we are doing.

It's called "kinetic military action", silly.

8 posted on 08/05/2011 8:13:15 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Slump Tester

LOL...I suspect not. They probably would have a very difficult time imagining a nearly vibrationless, quiet shirtsleeve environment.

For them, the concept of being suited up for 24 hours while in their heavy woolen flight gear, flack armor inserted, helmet and goggles on, having to have a little bottle of O2 to go from point A to point B all the while feeling like you are sitting on a vibrator would be hard for them to envision.

By all accounts, the 8-12 hour missions left them completely exhausted and drained.


9 posted on 08/05/2011 8:13:47 PM PDT by rlmorel ("When marching down the same road, one doesn't need 'marching orders' to reach the same destination")
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To: okie01
It's called "kinetic military action", silly.

I know the definition of all three of those words and can't figure out what the heck they mean when put together. I understand Orwellian doublespeak. That's just garbledegook.

10 posted on 08/05/2011 8:15:29 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan
Okay, I really have no idea what we are doing.

I call it "Shredding the Constitution". The whole point of the Libya operation is to show that the President is above the law.

11 posted on 08/05/2011 8:18:49 PM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: Pan_Yan

Hm. I suppose a “non-kinetic military activity” would be what the plane captains used to do on the aircraft carrier when we had been at sea for an extended period of time and be unable to fly due to bad weather...

...nothing...:)


12 posted on 08/05/2011 8:19:54 PM PDT by rlmorel ("When marching down the same road, one doesn't need 'marching orders' to reach the same destination")
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To: Pan_Yan

days, not weeks


13 posted on 08/05/2011 8:34:04 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Pan_Yan

Theres nothing worth a bomb in Libya let alone worth risking aircrew flying one of the few bones left in the inventory into a hot situation. Especially not from half a world away.

If the goal is to replace MQ then there are people who can make that happen, but they might need to get in his face,
up close and personal. Only the personal touch will do here.
Give this job to ‘friends of ours’.

Michael in ‘2’ once said that blood is expensive and that
is good advice. We are best served by Libyans going back
to work pumping that sweet crude and driving home in new Mercedes. We could buy them the new cars for what it costs to scatter a few bombs.

Cold naked force is more effective when its done at the ‘apex of the pyramid’.


14 posted on 08/05/2011 8:40:17 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: ken21
B-1B Bump

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15 posted on 08/05/2011 8:41:16 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: BobP

Was stationed at Ellsworth in the early 80’s.

Nice fishing at the base lake.


16 posted on 08/05/2011 8:43:31 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Sarah Palin 2012 - Nothing but Net)
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To: BobP

good one!


17 posted on 08/05/2011 8:45:40 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: BobP

Getting buzzed by one of those at low altitude is something you never forget.


18 posted on 08/05/2011 8:51:18 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: okie01

You just said KMA. He he. ( in my best beavis and butted voice. )


19 posted on 08/05/2011 9:02:59 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I can't think of anything clever, so I'll just say, "Obama sucks.")
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To: Pan_Yan
The Socialist, knee pad wearing, anti-American, bastard needs to be impeached.

However, since no elected officials have the intelligence, creativity, love of Country, and/or wherewithal to even begin the process, let alone accomplish it... we will have to institute a citizens impeachment on Nov.6th, 2012!

Honestly, I wept for our Military yesterday after I read the "heads up" memo being floated around the services regarding their EARNED retirement entitlement. Tonight, I will Pray that they not be used for an illegal usurper's political purposes again.

FUBO



20 posted on 08/05/2011 9:08:38 PM PDT by papasmurf (War is hell, but not the worst hell. Having a PRES__ENT comes close!)
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To: Vermont Lt
The thought occurred to me as I wrote it.

But I can't do Beavis and Butthead as good as you.

21 posted on 08/05/2011 9:14:20 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Pan_Yan

What a waste and what a misguided policy!


22 posted on 08/05/2011 9:21:03 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: Robe

for later


23 posted on 08/05/2011 9:53:37 PM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Pan_Yan
The clearances take time we didn't have

Isn't that what libs criticized the Bush administration for in the Patriot Act debate???

And aren't the libs the ones who HATE the B-1 and tried so hard to derail it's development in the '80's?

24 posted on 08/05/2011 11:34:38 PM PDT by conservativeimage.com (FFFFFFFFOOO!)
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To: mylife
getting buzzed

You mean like this!?


25 posted on 08/05/2011 11:39:45 PM PDT by conservativeimage.com (FFFFFFFFOOO!)
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To: Pan_Yan
This is not war and Obummer guaranteed we were not killing women and children for oil, he lied.
26 posted on 08/06/2011 2:18:28 AM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

B-1s on a mission from US soil, across the Atlantic, to Libya (and back). Thanks Pan_Yan.


27 posted on 08/11/2011 7:28:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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