Skip to comments.Twenty Years After: Desert Storm's Air War
Posted on 01/12/2011 1:03:14 PM PST by Kaslin
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They are not rags, they are sheets.
Bernie, are you ok?
I still remember watching the F4s and A10s training over the south Austin skies during that time. That was fun to watch.
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.
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!”
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.
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).
I remember seeing a reired colonel on one of the evening newscasts predicting 30,000 American casualties on day one.
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.
It was dull and lull for months......then all you saw was afterburners lighting up the night.
We knew then that it was on.
And God Bless All DS/DS Veterans !!!!
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.
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.
Wasn’t it the presence of our soldiers in Saudi Arabia that motivated Osama bin Laden to plan the WTC attack?
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!
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.
goes fast doesn’t it
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...
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