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USAF F-16s shoot down 4 Serb attack aircraft

February 28, 2004 (by Eric L. Palmer) - On February 28, 1994, six Serb Soko J-21 Jastreb (RVRS) combat jets were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Four were shot down by USAF F-16's participating in Operation Deny Flight.

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At the time, U.N. officials said the Serb jets struck an arms plant run by Bosnia's Muslim-led government.

Capt. Robert Wright, flying F-16C #89-2137, got three kills; one with an AIM-120 and two using the AIM-9. Capt. Scott O'Grady fired an AIM-9 at a fourth J-21 but it missed. Two more F-16s arrived and S. Allen, flying F-16C #89-2009 got one using a AIM-9. The remaining two J-21's managed to escape Bosnian airspace via Croatia. One of these later crashed due to fuel starvation.