NAS Sigonella, Sicily, is only half as far from Benghazi as Aviano.
Thanks, I knew that I was just pointing out they could have reached the annex on Sept 11 also and the people who said different are Full of S it
True. They could have put the F-16s on alert at Sigonella. Or, they could have them on alert at Aviano. Or they could have had a tanker or two on alert at Sigonella for any contingency. The tanker could have met them and refueled them on the way to Libya.
This wasn't rocket science. All it required was just a bit of planning and the deployment of a few aircraft.