Skip to comments.B-52s strike Iraqi targets
Posted on 03/22/2003 2:11:15 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
by Tech. Sgt. Jason Tudor
457th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs
03/22/03 - OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (AFPN) -- Bomber aircraft from this deployed location participated in their first strike operations March 21 and continue to pound targets in the U.S. Central Command theater of operations in a coalition effort to disarm the Iraqi regime.
All of the bombers deployed for the mission returned without incident. B-52 Stratofortresses struck targets across Iraq.
KC-135 Stratotankers and KC-10 Extenders from across the U.S. European and Central Command theaters of operations provided the needed fuel to the bombers.
As aircrews taxied from this location and took to the air, they held small American flags out the window. Maintenance, supply and other airmen pumped their firsts and waved as the 159-foot bombers rolled by.
As a B-52 nicknamed Iron Butterfly lifted off the runway here on its way to Iraq, Senior Airman Dustin Karas, one of the crew chiefs for that bomber, pumped his fist and announced his excitement over the roar of the engines.
"There's no better feeling!" he said following more than three hours of pre-flight checks. "It's Unbelievable!"
Title to a couple of B-52 somgs: Big Bird, Dry Country, There's a moon in the sky.
Wow, this band is prophetic! Read: The Big bird gives a whammy to Mesopotamia, the dry country while there's a moon in the sky
Play it backwards and it says, "Saddam is dead."
Here's what a low-level bombing run looks like from the cockpit of a B-52.