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    Airpower Summary for July 26

    Fighting Falcon on the Run Way

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    United States Air Forces Central     

    Airpower Summary for July 26
    U.S. Central Command Air Forces

    SOUTHWEST ASIA — Coalition airpower supported coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations, July 26, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials.

    In Afghanistan, an Air Force B-1B Lancer destroyed two enemy compounds with Guided Bomb Unit-38s in Gereshk. The B-1 also dropped GBU-31s on insurgents moving in the area. The aircrew also provided a show of force in the area as well.

    Royal Air Force Harrier GR-9As dropped general-purpose 540 pound bombs on enemies in a building. The weapons destroyed the building. The pilots also fired rockets at enemies in a tree line and dropped Enhanced Paveway II munitions on a trench system near a compound in the area. The munitions drop was confirmed as a direct hit.

    Other GR-9s dropped Paveway munitions on a tree line and a GBU-12 on a compound. Both were recorded as successful drops.

    Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs strafed enemies in a tree line with cannon rounds. The pilots also dropped a GBU-12 on an enemy compound. All of the weapons had good effects.

    In Gereshk Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles dropped GBU-12s on an enemy bunker and a tree line. The aircrews also strafed the tree line near the bunker with cannon rounds. They also provided a show of force over an enemy mortar position to allow friendly forces movement within the area.

    F-15s hit an enemy compound with GBU-38s in Garmsir. The Joint Terminal Attack Controller reported the weapons impacted their targets.

    A-10s dropped GBU-12s on an enemy compound in Baghran. Then the pilots dropped a 500-pound bomb on an insurgent fleeing the compound. All of the drops were called as good hits. F-15s hit another enemy compound with GBU-38s.

    Also in Baghran, a B-1 dropped GBU-38s and GBU-31s on enemies in a tree line. Then, the aircrew dropped GBU-38s on a disabled Afghanistan national army vehicle. The bomber also provided a show of force with flares for ground forces taking fire.

    A Royal Air Force Harrier GR-7 conducted a successful show of force with flares for ground forces in Now Zad.

    A-10s dropped a 500-pound bomb on a forward enemy observer relaying information to the enemy in Uruzgan. The pilots also conducted a show of force over the area.

    In total, 48 close air support missions were flown in support of the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

    Twelve Air Force and Royal Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan.

    In Iraq, a B-1 dropped GBU-38s and GBU-31s on a road being used by insurgents to move improvised explosive devices in Baghdad. In addition they dropped GBU-38s and GBU-31s on a palm grove containing IEDs.

    Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons dropped GBU-38s and GBU-12s on a vehicle-borne IED factory as well as a weapons cache hidden in a tree line near Baghdad. The strikes were considered successful by the JTAC. Other F-16s dropped GBU-12s on enemies hiding in a ditch. The pilots watched over a helicopter strike in the area.

    Other F-16s looked for mortar and IED activity in Baghdad, Bayji and Al Muqdadiyah. Additional F-16s showed force for ground forces moving in the area.

    In total, coalition aircraft flew 49 close air support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions supported coalition ground forces, protected key infrastructure, provided overwatch for reconstruction activities and helped to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

    Fifteen Air Force and Navy ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. Additionally, four Royal Air Force aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

    U.S. Air Force C-130s and C-17s provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping to sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa.

    Approximately 148 airlift sorties were flown; 363 tons of cargo were delivered, and approximately 2,684 passengers were transported. This included approximately 10,000 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

    Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada, Iraq and Japan flew in support of operations in Afghanistan or Iraq.

    On July 25, U.S. Air Force, Royal Air Force and French air force aerial refueling crews flew 56 sorties and off-loaded approximately 2.7 million pounds of fuel to 230 receiving aircraft.



    Date Taken: 07.27.2007
    Date Posted: 07.27.2007 10:50
    Story ID: 11492

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