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    Airpower Summary for February 18

    Airpower Summary for February 18

    Courtesy Photo | A Weapons Load Crew with the 379th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at a...... read more read more

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    02.19.2008

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    United States Air Forces Central     

    SOUTHWEST ASIA — Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations, Feb. 18, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials.

    In Afghanistan, an Air Force B-1B Lancer dropped Guided Bomb Unit-31s and 38s in order to destroy enemy ambush positions, mortar positions and observation positions in Farah. The Joint Terminal Attack Controller confirmed that the missions were successful.

    Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs performed shows of force in order to deter enemy activities in Ghanzi and Nangalam. The JTAC reported that the missions were successful.

    In order to deter enemy activities a French Mirage-2000 performed a show of force in Now Zad.

    The mission was declared successful by the JTAC.

    A show of force was performed by an Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle in order to deter enemy activities. The success of the mission was confirmed by the JTAC.

    In total, 42 close air support missions were flown as part of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

    Eight Air Force surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. Additionally, two Royal Air Force aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

    In Iraq, an Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons performed shows of force in order to deter enemy activities in Mosul, Hawijah and Baghdad. The JTAC reported that the missions were successful.

    In total, coalition aircraft flew 40 close air support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions integrated and synchronized coalition ground forces, protected key infrastructure, provided over watch for reconstruction activities and helped to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

    Nineteen Air Force and Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. Additionally, four Air Force and Royal Air Force aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

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

    Approximately 137 airlift sorties were flown; 813 tons of cargo were delivered, and 2,546 passengers were transported. This included approximately 48,000 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

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

    On Feb. 17, U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force aerial refueling crews flew 35 sorties and off-loaded approximately 2.4 million pounds of fuel to 191 receiving aircraft.

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    Date Taken: 02.19.2008
    Date Posted: 02.19.2008 16:54
    Story ID: 16495
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