Skip to comments.Air Force releases details of 24-hour Libya mission from Ellsworth
Posted on 08/05/2011 7:52:47 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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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I wonder if the men flying B17’s and B24’s ever imagined such a thing would someday be possible?
Remember, this does not constitute “hostilities”
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.
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.
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.
It's called "kinetic military action", silly.
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.
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.
I call it "Shredding the Constitution". The whole point of the Libya operation is to show that the President is above the law.
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...
days, not weeks
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’.
Was stationed at Ellsworth in the early 80’s.
Nice fishing at the base lake.
Getting buzzed by one of those at low altitude is something you never forget.
You just said KMA. He he. ( in my best beavis and butted voice. )
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