Operation Iraqi Freedom (F-16 Combat History)

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Unread post05 Jun 2006, 05:19

alessandroaspesi,

421st EFS, 14 may, somewhere over Iraq






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Could you e-mail me a hi-res version of this pic to:

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Thanks!
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Unread post07 Jun 2006, 21:04

As a background info for current F-16 operations over Iraq, I will post the following important news article, related to the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) at Al Udeid AB, Qatar, and published two or three days ago at USAF´s main public website:

Command and control a 24/7 operation

(by Senior Airman Brian Ferguson, U.S. Central Command Air Forces PA)

6/5/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- The Combined Air Operations Center here, also known as the CAOC, is the command and control hub for all air operations within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

Staffed and monitored around-the-clock, the coalition professionals working in the CAOC can seamlessly perform command and control of air and space forces in and across the 5,400-mile USCENTCOM area.

"We are here to provide air power for the ground forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa," said Lt. Col. Andrew Brabson, director of combat operations at the CAOC. "When they call in for air support we are there, 24/7."

That support for coalition forces extends to ground or air by way of close-air support for troops in contact with the enemy; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; aerial refueling; or airlift. Each method of support is orchestrated through the CAOC liaisons.

The CAOC staff has two sides of support. The "light side" is where air tasking orders are born; the "dark side" is where liaisons watch real-time surveillance footage of Iraq and Afghanistan on giant screens. Servicemembers from various services and countries pack the floor, all with the same goal in mind: providing the best possible air and space power support to the ground force commander.

"I’ve flown front-line fighters for 16 to 17 years," said Royal Air Force Wing Commander Colin Dasilva, chief of combat operations. "As a fighter pilot, it’s very easy to sit in my cockpit and see my bit of the operation, but here I see how the whole thing fits together. There’s a whole map of things going on to achieve that one aim."

Make no mistake about it; the CAOC is not just people in a work area. It is a weapon and mobility system manned with joint and coalition personnel trained to employ tools and processes.

"In the same way an aircraft is deployed to deliver bombs, we are positioned here to effectively deliver air power across the AOR," Colonel Brabson said.

United States forces are not the only forces flying missions. Coalition partners bring critical support, by way of personnel, capabilities and an international face to the fight.

"I can’t say enough about our coalition partners and the support they provide. It’s truly fantastic," Colonel Brabson said. "We have British and French aircraft doing kinetic operations and coupled with the Japanese, Koreans and Australians, all coming together to make this a truly joint operation."

The CAOC has five sections: strategy; combat plans; combat operations; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and air mobility. Each section is then broken down into divisions. These sections combine air power planning and fused intelligence to produce an integrated air tasking order, essentially the combat and airlift plans for the next day.

It takes coordination on all parts to accomplish the air tasking order, but that is just the start. When the flights take place, another set of liaisons get to work tracking the flights, and the cycle starts over.

No one person is more important than any other, Commander Dasilva said. He said that everyone pulls together to accomplish the goal. That goal: continue providing the best possible support to coalition ground forces and take the fight to the enemy -- to fly, fight and win.


Story Link: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123021201

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Original caption: Command and control a 24/7 operation Liaisons on the "dark side" of the Combined Air Operations Center watch real-time surveillance footage of Iraq and Afghanistan on giant screens. Servicemembers from various countries pack the floor, all with the same goal in mind: providing the best possible air and space power and ground forces coverage. (USAF photo by Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

For three further related CAOC pics check out: http://www.af.mil/news/story_media.asp? ... =123021201
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Unread post11 Jun 2006, 22:05

Hi all! Some minutes ago, I posted a huge lot of stuff to the topic "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi killed in F-16 airstrike". In the next couple of days, I will add all of that and possible some further info directly to this topic, maintained by me. Greetings! And please take a look on my further updates!
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Unread post12 Jun 2006, 00:41

WOW! I like the second pic.... I knew Tony King back at Shaw in the 17th FS! Good to see someone ya knew like that still turning and burning. Man brings back memories...... NOW I GOTTA!! get back in maybe I'll look him up in SC.



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Unread post13 Jun 2006, 03:19

Sorry, shadowruse! But I not understand your reply. And: What means you with "the second pic", in this case (what you like)? Important request to all "newbies" and only frequent users: Please post replies either with a clear question or with clear additional info. That should be very helpful for every topic.
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Unread post18 Oct 2006, 23:35

The "show" must go on!

During a routine check on www.dodmedia.osd.mil (Defense Visual Information Center – DVIC) for F-16 pictures, I found out that some older photos were newly archived in 2006. The following pics (never published before) are related to the 107th EFS, deployed to the 506th AEG at Kirkuk AB (also called Kirkuk Regional Air Base - KRAB), Iraq, in 2004 (see pages 15 – 18 of this topic). Note: Related to the original photo captions, I created my own captions with some background info.

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March 25, 2004: 85-1487 (Block 30B) takes off at Kirkuk. AIM-120s on stations 1 and 9, GBU-31 JDAM on station 3, two slant-mounted GBU-12s on station 7. (USAF photo by MSGT Glenn Wilkewitz)

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March 25, 2004: 85-1487 (Block 30B) takes off at Kirkuk. AIM-120 on station 1, GBU-31 JDAM on station 3. (USAF photo by MSGT Glenn Wilkewitz)

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April 27, 2004: 85-1494 (Block 30B). AIM-120 on station 1, two slant-mounted GBU-12s on station 3, possibly also two slant-mounted GBU-12s on station 7 and another AIM-120 on station 9. TARS reconnaissance pod on station 5. Look at the nose art! (USAF photo by MSGT Glenn Wilkewitz)

Note: 494 was not included in Kapring´s deployment listings via PM to me (see page 16). There must be clearly an error.

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April 28, 2004: Lt. Col. Willam Hargrove gives a salute to his Crew Chief (clearly a woman) before taking off for a mission at Kirkuk AB. Clearly visible is 85-1490 (Block 30B). (USAF photo by MSGT Glenn Wilkewitz)

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May 2, 2004: One of the 107th EFS Vipers at Kirkuk. 85-1490 (Block 30B) AIM-120 on station 1, two slant-mounted GBU-12s on station 3. (USAF photo by MSGT Glenn Wilkewitz)

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May 2, 2004: Capt. Andy Aspey performs his pre-mission flight inspection. 85-1490 (Block 30B). AIM-120s on stations 1 and 9, two slant-mounted GBU-12s on station 7. (USAF photo by MSGT Glenn Wilkewitz)

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June 3, 2004: With an American Flag draped over the dashbord, Major Deron „Cruton“ Reynolds pulls up to his parking spot at Selfridge ANGB upon return from deployment to Iraq. 86-0233 (Block 30C). Note the bomb markings! (USAF photo by Linda Choka)

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June 3, 2004: First Lieutenant Eric "Marge" Simpson, an F-16 pilot with the 107th FS smiles from the cockpit shortly after his return from Iraq. (USAF photo by Linda Choka)

Note the mission markings! Revolvers for strafing-runs (with the cannon), and also bombs.

In the next couple of days I will post some more newly archived pics.
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Unread post19 Oct 2006, 20:41

Related to 494, via PM today I got an immediate reply from Kapring. In his original listings, posted on page 16 of this topic, please replace 86-0234 with 85-1494. It was really an error. Thank you very much for your correction, Kapring!

A close-up shot of 494´s nose art (including mission markings) is already archived on F-16.net´s Photo Gallery:


USAF F-16C block 30 #85-1494 nose art "Don't Make Me Angry!!" featuring the HULK. Also note the mission markings for Operation Iraqi Freedom. They consist of 9 GBU's, 1 JDAM mission marking and 3 gun strafing markings. Seen here photographed at Cleveland, Ohio on September 5th, 2004. [Photo by Jon Houghtaling]


I will ask the photographer, Jon Houghtaling on flybyaviation.com, for a hi-res version of this very important photo proof.

Anyone who can and will provide us some more nose art and mission markings close-up shots related to the 107th EFS at Kirkuk in 2004? Or was 494 the only aircraft with nose art?
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Unread post20 Oct 2006, 18:43

J.J. wrote:Anyone who can and will provide us some more nose art and mission markings close-up shots related to the 107th EFS at Kirkuk in 2004? Or was 494 the only aircraft with nose art?


85-1494 was the only jet to carry the nose art. The two-seater in the unit, 85-1573, also carried nose art at the time, but was not deployed to Kirkuk.

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Unread post20 Oct 2006, 21:11

Thank you for this background info, Jake! Remaining question: Was the nose art on 85-1494 related to OIF? So I think not. I still want pictures of mission markings on other 107th EFS birds.
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Unread post20 Oct 2006, 22:06

Note: The following pictures are clearly related to the same pilot and the same aircraft:

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June 3, 2004: First Lieutenant Eric "Marge" Simpson, an F-16 pilot with the 107th FS smiles from the cockpit shortly after his return from Iraq. (USAF photo by Linda Choka)

Already on April 19, 2006, I posted the following pic, published by "The Macomb Daily" on June 4, 2004 (see topic page 16):

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Original photo caption: Lt. Erik Simpson of the 107th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron returns to Selfridge Air National Guard Base after a combat mission in Iraq. ("Macomb Daily" photo by Craig Gaffield)

Note: These mission markings looks like very bad decals with thick transfer films and not like easy spraying over a mask.

Two questions: Is the pilot´s first name Eric or Erik? What was the design of these mission markings?
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Unread post21 Oct 2006, 18:42

On www.dodmedia.osd.mil (Defense Visual Information Center – DVIC), four more older OIF F-16 photos were newly archived in 2006 (never published before). Related to the original photo captions, I created my own captions with some background info.

The first shot shows a Viper from the 107th EFS, deployed to the 506th AEG at Kirkuk AB (also called Kirkuk Regional Air Base - KRAB), Iraq, in 2004 (see pages 15 – 18 of this topic):

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May 10, 2004: 85-1499 (Block 30B). AIM-120s on stations 1 and 9, two slant-mounted GBU-12s on station 7, Litening II targeting pod on station 5R. (USAF photo by MSGT Glenn Wilkewitz)

Note the original photo caption: A US Air Force (USAF) F-16CJ Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft from the 555th Fighter Squadron (FS), flies a combat sortie in direct support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. This fighter is armed with a payload of Mk83 1000-pound bombs and GBU-12 Guided Bomb Unit-12 500-pound bombs.

The following three very nice shots are related to the 555th EFS which was deployed to the 379th AEW at Al Udeid AB, Qatar, during the same time (see page 10 of this topic):

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89-2035 (Block 40E), the squadron bird (marked 555 FS). AIM-120 on station 1, two slant-mounted rocket pods (probably LAU-68 or LAU-131) on station 3, Lantirn targeting pod on station 5R. The banking jet carries: AIM-120s on stations 1 and 9, GBU-31 JDAM on station 3, two slant-mounted GBU-12s on station 7, Lantirn targeting pod on station 5R.

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89-2024 (Block 40E). GBU-31 JDAM (with graffiti) on station 3, two slant-mounted GBU-12s on station 7, Lantirn targeting pod on station 5R.

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Probably the same jet.

(Note: All three USAF photos by SSGT Aaron D. Allmon II, taken on May 9, 2004, probably all during an air refueling.)

Anyone who can verify the type of the rocket pods on 89-2035? And: Anyone with a super hi-resolution screen who can identify the graffiti inscriptions on the JDAM?

I added the two newly identified 555th FS aircraft to my older listing:

555th FS "Triple Nickel", 31st FW (USAFE), Aviano AB, Italy (tail code: AV)

Probably 12 deployed F-16CG Block 40

Identified aircraft (5 of probably 12):

89-2024 Block 40E (newly added)
89-2026 Block 40E
89-2035 Block 40E, the squadron bird (marked 555 FS) (newly added)
89-2038 Block 40E
90-0773 Block 40K


Anyone who can and will tell us the remaining serial numbers of this deployment?
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Unread post21 Oct 2006, 18:52

Hello J.J.,

How are You?? Very nice captions You have posted here.

These rocket pods are the traditional LAU-131s now used widely in the US F-16 community, but with the aerodynamic front covers attached!!

Greetings,

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Unread post21 Oct 2006, 20:24

Thank you, Henrik! I´m all right. From my viewpoint, the rocket pods should be really LAU-131s. Can you give me any background info related to the attached aerodynamic front covers?

After my son reactivated the hard drive of my older PC, I can post the following picture, related to the 410th AEW which was deployed to Al Azraq AB, Jordan, during OIF´s main combat phase.

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Clearly visible is "City of Milbrook". 87-0263 (Block 30F), Alabama ANG. Graffiti on the GBU-12: "TO THE EAA: (...?) RATHER BE IN OSKOSH! OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 2003" Note: I have no sources related to the photographer and the date of this shot.

Larger version: http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a299/ ... ng_600.jpg


Anyone with a super hi-resolution screen who can identify the full inscription? And: Anyone who can and will identify the pilot?
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Unread post21 Oct 2006, 20:35

J.J. wrote: "TO THE EAA: (...?) RATHER BE IN OSKOSH! OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 2003"


EAA: Experimental Aircraft Association. It is a large US-based private airplane club, specializing in home-built, light aircraft. They have an annual huge airshow in Oshkosh, WI in July of each year.

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Unread post21 Oct 2006, 20:38

Hello J.J.,

Thanks, my friend!!

I believe these aerodynamic covers on the LAU-131s are mounted when missions are long and there is the possibility that the aircraft will return to base without firing the rockets. If fired the cover simply "blows" away by the first rocket launch.

Greetings,

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