F-16s over Syria and Iraq

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Unread post23 Sep 2014, 20:04



Well we know now... who's jets
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Unread post23 Sep 2014, 20:07

Very interesting video because it's the first proof of Vipers over Iraq/Syria. Note the loadouts of the 4 jets. The first has 2 GBU-12s on the left wing and GBU-54s on a BRU-57 smart rack on the right. The next two have HARMs on the left indicating they were prepared to engage/supress any Syrian radars that were active and a threat. You can barely make out both a targeting and HTS on the second and third jets. That fact means these are Block 40/50 because the earlier blocks can't load up both, correct? Can anyone make out a tail code?
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Unread post23 Sep 2014, 20:13

WW
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Unread post23 Sep 2014, 22:36

Yeah. Shaw or Misawa. Thought I caught a faint "WW" in one of the fin strobes but could've also been SW.
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Unread post24 Sep 2014, 01:09

Misawa jets has been in Jordan since May for Eager Tiger... So interesting to see Misawa jets leading during OIF and also now leading whatever this operation has been named.

Curious to know where the F-15Es and F-22s are from.
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Unread post24 Sep 2014, 17:05

Today the Belgian government has decided to send 6 F-16s to Jordan for an initial period of 1 month.

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Unread post27 Sep 2014, 22:36

Reported Serials indicate 8 BAF F-16s deployed: FA69, FA98, FA114, FA116, FA121, FA126, FA128, FA131
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Unread post28 Sep 2014, 08:03

Yes, two spares. Don't know whether those 2 continued to Jordan. Think they will return from Araxos.

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Unread post04 Oct 2014, 14:16

http://www.wltx.com/story/news/local/20 ... /16659873/

Basically this reminds me of OSW and ONW over again. So besides the US, Jordan, Belguim, Denmark, Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain, France there will be Super Hornets from Australia and soon Canadian CF-18s will be conducting operations.
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Unread post06 Oct 2014, 20:16

A Belgian F-16 attacked a target for the first time on Sunday. The target was a military jeep with armed fighters that drove towards Iraqi government troops stationed west of Baghdad.

The target was “positively identified as a terrorist element” and “immediately neutralized,” according to a defense statement. Two F-16 planes took part in the mission, which lasted seven hours. The pilots followed the rules of engagement laid down for the mission in Iraq.
Dutch F-16s have flown over the conflict area in Iraq for the first time on Sunday.
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Unread post07 Oct 2014, 06:35

Wow...a perfectly good waste of a Jeep. :(
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Unread post07 Oct 2014, 12:56

Two Dutch F-16s dropped 3 bombs this morning on armed ISIS-vehicles that were firing upon Peshmerga soldiers (Kurdish security forces) in the north of Iraq.

Source: http://www.defensie.nl/actueel/nieuws/2 ... en-in-irak
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Unread post18 Apr 2015, 14:33

The Gamblers are back home. Job well done. :cheers:

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Unread post20 Apr 2015, 22:01

The jets are now home. Hate the awful 'staches :D

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Unread post16 Apr 2016, 01:42

by 2nd Lt. Meredith Mulvihill
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

4/13/2016 - SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Members of the 480th Fighter Squadron and 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit bid farewell to their families as they deployed to Southwest Asia April 7.

The squadron, which flies F-16 Fighting Falcons, will provide close air support and dynamic targeting operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

"It's exciting," said Lt. Col. Timothy Murphy, 480th FS commander. "Being able to see this unit come together, knowing that we have a tasking from above, that we need to get out there and accomplish our nation's objectives ... it's very exciting to be a part of that."

The 480th FS took part in a variety of exercises to prepare for the deployment, including Red Flag 15-3 in Las Vegas and bilateral training with the Hellenic air force in Souda Bay, Greece. They also geared their at-home training operations to focus on their upcoming mission down-range.

"Our people are well prepared," Murphy said. "Between all the flights, all the training, all the deployments they've been on over the last year, year-and-a-half, they're more than ready. These guys are awesome."

Approximately 300 Airmen from various specialties deployed in support of the operation. However, many more from across the base contributed to their successful departure.

"We're really proud of the effort the whole wing has done to help us out and get us out there," Murphy said. "We hope to make the wing proud in what we do down there."

Source: http://www.usafe.af.mil/news/story.asp? ... ource=GovD


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