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Unread post25 Mar 2011, 11:01

WAM - Emirates News Agency wrote:UAE updates support to UN resolution 1973
2011-03-25 01:02:41

Abu Dhabi, 24 March 2011 (WAM) - The UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Highness Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan today issued a statement updating the status of the UAE's participation in support of UN resolution 1973.

He stated that: "In support of UN resolution 1973 The UAE is fully engaged with humanitarian operations in Libya. As an extension of those humanitarian operations the UAE Air Force has committed six F-16 and six Mirage aircraft to participate in the patrols that will enforce the No Fly Zone now established over Libya. UAE Participation in the patrols will commence in the coming days." WAM/MAB

source: http://www.wam.ae/servlet/Satellite?c=W ... M_E_Layout
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Unread post25 Mar 2011, 11:12

I guess time for the Block 60 to show its teeth.
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Unread post25 Mar 2011, 11:15

Anyone who has any serial number information to add here?

<a href="http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F-16/aircraft-combat-deployments/deployment/Odyssey%20Dawn/">F-16s participating in Odyssey Dawn</a>

BTW, here's an <a href="http://levif.rnews.be/fr/news/actualite/belgique/libye-un-pilote-de-f-16-belge-temoigne/article-1194976768669.htm" ref="nofollow" target="new">interview with a Belgian pilot ('Mickey')</a> about their Belgian mission in Libya, "Freedom Falcon". (Sorry, in French only)
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Unread post25 Mar 2011, 21:26

Lieven wrote:Anyone who has any serial number information to add here?

<a href="http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F-16/aircraft-combat-deployments/deployment/Odyssey%20Dawn/">F-16s participating in Odyssey Dawn</a>


Lieven, RNoAF #683 is confirmed. #662 is not correct.

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Unread post25 Mar 2011, 23:21

Nordic mission update.

Danish F-16s have flown 22 sorties and employed weapons for the third night in a row. As of yesterday Thursday there had been one air-to-air and 17 air-to-ground sorties.

Video of RDAF F-16s at Sigionella on March 24

Today two RNoAF F-16s also dropped their first weapons of the campaign, on the second day of active flying and the second sortie of the day. #668 and #674 returned to Souda Bay air base after completing a four hour mission with respectively one and two empty GBU-12 racks. The targets were armored combat vehicles, possibly tanks.

Video of RNoAF F-16s returning from the Friday sortie
Video of the first RNoAF sortie on Thursday

As of Friday March 25. there are eleven countries actively maintaining the no fly zone over Libya; USA, France, UK, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Creece, Italy, Spain and Qatar. Six Dutch F-16s arrived Thursday at Decimomanu in Sardinia and is in flight preparations. Link to news story

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Norwegain F-16 figther plane at Souda Air Base at Crete due to nigth flying under Operation Odyssey Dawn. The picture is taken thru nigth vision goggles [Photo by Forsvarets mediesenter/Lars Magne Hovtun, Norwegian Armed Forces]
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A Norwegain F-16 figther plane during take off from Souda Air Base at Crete under Operation Odyssey Dawn [Photo by Forsvarets mediesenter/Lars Magne Hovtun, Norwegian Armed Forces]
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A Norwegain F-16 figther plane during take off from Souda Air Base at Crete under Operation Odyssey Dawn [Photo by Forsvarets mediesenter/Lars Magne Hovtun, Norwegian Armed Forces]
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A Norwegain F-16 figther plane during take off from Souda Air Base at Crete under Operation Odyssey Dawn [Photo by Forsvarets mediesenter/Lars Magne Hovtun, Norwegian Armed Forces]
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2 Norwegian F-16 figther planes at Souda Air Base at Crete during Operation Odyssey Dawn [Photo by Forsvarets mediesenter/Lars Magne Hovtun, Norwegian Armed Forces]
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Norwegain F-16 back at Souda Air Base at Crete after fligths over Libya where they delivered total of three bombs during the mission under Operation Odyssey Dawn [Photo by Forsvarets mediesenter/Lars Magne Hovtun, Norwegian Armed Forces]
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Norwegain F-16 back at Souda Air Base at Crete after fligths over Libya where they delivered total of three bombs during the mission under Operation Odyssey Dawn [Photo by Forsvarets mediesenter/Lars Magne Hovtun, Norwegian Armed Forces]
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Norwegain F-16 back at Souda Air Base at Crete after fligths over Libya where they delivered total of three bombs during the mission under Operation Odyssey Dawn [Photo by Forsvarets mediesenter/Lars Magne Hovtun, Norwegian Armed Forces]
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Unread post26 Mar 2011, 00:25

- 2 laserguided bombs and one GPS guided bomb were launched from 2 F-16 of the Royal Norwegian airforce on Friday 25.03.2011, against Libyan tanks

http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/iriks ... 073163.ece
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Unread post26 Mar 2011, 03:48

Wow, it's confirmed then. 1st IRIS-T deployed on F-16 in combat mission?

Congrats on the photos. These are historical images I think due to quality.

Peace to Libya and her peoples, we must hope for a resolution to the conflicts via mediation and negotiation. Cease fire. Time to rebuild a great nation..
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Unread post26 Mar 2011, 08:54

F-16s from the Royal Norwegian Airforce bombed an airfield in Libya during the night

http://www.dagbladet.no/2011/03/26/nyhe ... /15959765/
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Unread post26 Mar 2011, 12:30

The New York Times wrote:Safely Back, a Pilot Tells of His Raid Over Libya
By ERIC SCHMITT
Published: March 25, 2011

As Capt. Ryan Thulin steered his F-16 fighter jet over the central Libyan coast early last Sunday, he peered into the inky darkness to hunt his target: Libyan tanks, artillery and other fielded forces.

Suddenly, red tracers of antiaircraft fire streaked up from the desert below. Captain Thulin, a 28-year-old Air Force Academy graduate on his first combat mission, instinctively veered his single-seat jet away from the ground fire and dropped 500-pound, precision-guided bombs on the Libyan forces. A huge fireball lit up the cloudless sky.

Several minutes later, the scene replayed itself, only this time Captain Thulin bombed army targets much closer to the outskirts of a city in eastern Libya where government troops, rebel fighters and civilians were in dangerous proximity. In the air campaign against Libya, allied warplanes have not attacked targets in cities and are under strict instructions to avoid hitting civilians.

“It’s always something we’re considering on every attack,” said Captain Thulin, a pilot in the 555th Fighter Squadron based at Aviano Air Base in Italy. “You have to be confident that all the rules of engagement are met so when you do drop that weapon, in your heart of hearts, you know you’re doing the right thing.”

Given in a telephone interview from Aviano, Captain Thulin’s account of his mission on the second day of the weeklong allied air operation offered a window into the world of pilots from the United States and other allies who through Friday had flown more than 450 combat flights.

Under the ground rules set by the military, Captain Thulin would not describe some details of his eight-hour mission, including the specific locations and details of targets that he and a companion F-16 attacked, as well as many tactics he used.

But the captain provided fresh details about the planning for combat missions and the complex midair choreography with dozens of refueling planes, reconnaissance aircraft and other fighter jets that pass along tips to inbound fighters about ground fire threats and potential targets as they complete their missions and head for home in bases in Europe or on ships in the Mediterranean.

The preparation for Captain Thulin’s mission on Sunday began days earlier, as it became clear the United States might join a coalition to prevent Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s military from attacking Libyan civilians.

Captain Thulin and his squadron mates studied photographs of possible targets — from several types of tanks to artillery pieces — and how they would look from 20,000 feet using infrared targeting sensors. The pilots also pored over information about Libya’s surface-to-air missiles, including deadly SA-5 mobile launchers.

“We were studying the terrain, what buildings were made of, what it looks like over the desert using night-vision goggles or during the day,” said Captain Thulin, a native of Lake Orion, Mich., who mentioned the differences between Libya and verdant northern Italy, where the squadron normally trains. “We were preparing so when in combat, it’s more of a reflex.”

Late last Saturday night, Captain Thulin got the call he knew would be coming: his mission was scheduled. By 2 a.m. Sunday, his F-16 roared down the runway at Aviano heading for Libya. Twice during the flight to his destination, Captain Thulin refueled in midair with special planes. He was in constant communication with air traffic controllers as well as intelligence analysts updating him on potential targets.

Soon after 4 a.m., Captain Thulin approached his targets. “Your mind is racing,” he recalled. “I don’t want to say I was nervous because I’ve trained for this four years. But I’m going over all my checks: engine is good, oil is good, the system is set up to run the attack.”

After striking his targets, Captain Thulin headed north to Italy, refueling twice on the way. Asked what struck him most about his mission, he said, “Being shot at the first time is a surprise.”

A version of this article appeared in print on March 26, 2011, on page A9 of the New York edition.


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source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/26/world ... .html?_r=1
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Unread post26 Mar 2011, 20:14

Some AP photos of the 480th in action: #91-0352[/serial][/b] & [b]#[serial]91-0361
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F-16C block 50 #91-0352 is seen shortly before take-off from Aviano AB, Italy on March 25, 2011. [Photo by Luca Bruno /AP]
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F-16C block 50 #91-0352 &amp; #91-0361 are seen on the tarmac shortly before take-off from Aviano AB on March 25, 2011. [Photo by Luca Bruno /AP]
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Unread post26 Mar 2011, 21:49

Link to video A RNoAF F-16 drops a GPS guided JDAM on a Libyan aircraft shelter late Friday night. The munition penetrates the roof and detonates inside the shelter. In all eight munitions have been dropped in three days of combat sorties. There are no indications that civilian lives have been lost.

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Norwegian F-16 fighter plane bombs an aircraft shelter at an air base in Libya during Operation Odyssey Dawn [Photo by Forsvarets mediesenter/Norwegian Armed Forces]
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Norwegian F-16 fighter plane bombs an aircraft shelter at an air base in Libya during Operation Odyssey Dawn [Photo by Forsvarets mediesenter/Norwegian Armed Forces]
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Unread post26 Mar 2011, 23:08

Dutch F-16s at Sardinia on March 25 preparing to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya.

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Unread post27 Mar 2011, 20:03

Enter Block 60

#UAE F-16s & Mirage2000 at #Deci this afternoon: http://bit.ly/fxzwMs | http://bit.ly/eZ6qHe | http://bit.ly/hWh1eo
https://twitter.com/#!/criceto2/status/ ... 5515953152

'Deci' apparently being Decimomannu Air Base on Sardinia, Italy.
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Unread post27 Mar 2011, 20:20

Lasse wrote:Enter Block 60


Sweet :notworthy: and 5 bags full :thumb:

I wish we could have some of those! 8)

Thanks for the help :salute:
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