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Twenty Years After: Desert Storm's Air War
Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2011 | Austin Bay

Posted on 01/12/2011 1:03:14 PM PST by Kaslin

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To: NeverForgetBataan
bunch of rag heads.

They are not rags, they are sheets.

21 posted on 01/12/2011 1:50:46 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: Kaslin

Bernie, are you ok?


22 posted on 01/12/2011 1:54:36 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Kaslin

I still remember watching the F4s and A10s training over the south Austin skies during that time. That was fun to watch.


23 posted on 01/12/2011 1:57:27 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Kaslin

At that time the F117’s were the latest and greatest.

I can’t help but wonder, what do we have today? Even beyond the F-22’s.


24 posted on 01/12/2011 2:05:30 PM PST by eCSMaster
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To: al_c

Before the Gulf War I had a job at the shipyard in Bayonne, NJ. It was amazing watching all of the stuff (tanks, hummers, etc.) lined up on the docks and getting loaded onto the ships. Lots of tanks. I always got a kick out of hearing the evening news where folks were wondering what we were going to do? Would we dare risk a war with Iraq, etc.? Each time I’d say to no-one in particular, “go look at those docks and figure it out!”

The week before the air war started in Desert Storm I was at Fallon AFB (Top Gun fame) with them screaming over my head on landings and takeoffs. And thinking to myself - “in another week or so, these types of guys are going to be laying it down on the enemy. I’m glad they are on my side!”


25 posted on 01/12/2011 2:09:31 PM PST by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: Kaslin

At Wurtsmith Air Force Base I stood outside the hangar I was working in and watched B-52s lift off our runway carrying cluster bombs. I knew they weren’t going to be carrying them when they landed.


26 posted on 01/12/2011 2:19:51 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: Kaslin
In the lead up to Desert Storm (Desert Shield), many liberals were wringing their hands and telling us that tens of thousands of American soldiers would be slaughtered by the mighty Republican Guard!

Remember how the Iraqi Republican Guard was supposed to be the most elite fighting force in the world and how Iraq had the world's fourth largest military?

Well many of them would eventually surrender to CNN camera crews (FoxNews wasn't around back then).

27 posted on 01/12/2011 2:21:49 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: businessprofessor

I remember seeing a reired colonel on one of the evening newscasts predicting 30,000 American casualties on day one.

Oops!


28 posted on 01/12/2011 2:23:10 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: antiRepublicrat

I predicted in 1991 that we would have to go back in and get that bastard, and that it would be much more difficult.

Yeah, sucks to be right sometimes.


29 posted on 01/12/2011 2:25:08 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: Kaslin

It was dull and lull for months......then all you saw was afterburners lighting up the night.

We knew then that it was on.


30 posted on 01/12/2011 2:27:26 PM PST by onona (1703rd Air Refueling Wing, Provisional)
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To: Kaslin

And God Bless All DS/DS Veterans !!!!


31 posted on 01/12/2011 2:29:10 PM PST by onona (1703rd Air Refueling Wing, Provisional)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

Actually, the first shots were fired by AH-64 Apaches taking out radar sites. However...the Phantoms did an excellent job and were very busy the first night.


32 posted on 01/12/2011 2:29:48 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: 21twelve
at Fallon AFB(sic) (Top Gun fame)

NAS

33 posted on 01/12/2011 2:35:47 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Kaslin

I remember seeing the camera feed from a Hellfire missile for the first time, as it flew into the front door of an Iraqi bunker. The voiceover from the pilot said, “Knock-knock, m****er f***er!”. Laughed ourselves sick over that.


34 posted on 01/12/2011 2:46:02 PM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: Kaslin

Wasn’t it the presence of our soldiers in Saudi Arabia that motivated Osama bin Laden to plan the WTC attack?


35 posted on 01/12/2011 3:14:31 PM PST by Galatians513 (this space available for catchy tagline)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Thanks! I always never get “Base”, “Station”, “Fort” correct - not being a military type! Thanks for the link. I remember one afternoon I got done at a reasonable time and wandered around the display of fighters they have. The Phantom is the coolest looking plane!


36 posted on 01/12/2011 3:16:31 PM PST by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: businessprofessor
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Sadam was a military fool ...

He should have taken Kuwait ... and THEN blasted down the coast road to take the Saudi ports and refineries ...

and then held those facilities hostage ... for years and decades to come ...

Where would the United States have then assembled it's military forces ?

No where ... ensuring an Iraqi victory ...


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37 posted on 01/12/2011 3:58:54 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne
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To: driftdiver

We must have been side by side, I was a newly minted PFC then, blinked my eyes and somehow got to be in my 40’s...lol.


38 posted on 01/12/2011 4:32:50 PM PST by IAmNotAnAnimal (1/509th Army Ranger Retiree - Go Swamp Dogs!)
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To: IAmNotAnAnimal

goes fast doesn’t it


39 posted on 01/12/2011 4:42:00 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Kaslin

It was an interesting campaign...I remember being in the Persian Gulf before it was cool to be in the Persian Gulf...

Lost a couple of friends on the USS Stark, but it all came full circle for me and a few other who were recalled to get back into that sandbox for a little bit of creative ordinance offloading...


40 posted on 01/12/2011 10:07:14 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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