French Mirage Fighters Turned Israel Into a Major Air Power
Fifty years ago, on May 19, 1967, the Mirage V made its first flight from Melun-Villaroche airfield in France. Within context of events that were to follow ever the next few weeks, this date marked the birth not only of the modern-day French military aviation sector, but also what can... Read more
Russia Has Sent One of Its A-50U Radar Planes to Syria
On April 29, 2017, a photograph appeared on social media apparently showing a Beriev A-50 SRDLO — that’s the Russian acronym for “airborne early warning and control system” — in flight over Syria. Israeli satellite photographs confirmed the presence of a single A-50 on the apron of Hmemmem air... Read more
Flights From Syrian Base Fell Sharply After U.S. Strike
Ever since U.S. President Donald Trump ordered two Navy warships to launch 59 BGM-109 Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat Air Base in Syria in the pre-dawn hours of April 7, 2017, there is no end to the controversy over the background and outcome of the operation. Misinformation abounds, for... Read more
U.S. Cruise Missiles Struck Syrian Base With Impressive Precision
Syria built Shayrat air base in the mid-1970s, applying lessons from the October 1973 Arab-Israeli War. Its purpose was to bolster air defenses against Israeli air strikes targeting the towns along the Syrian coast of the Mediterranean Sea. In 1983 and 1984, locally-based units of the 50th Brigade received... Read more
Russia Bombed Its Own Allies in Syria
On March 21, 2017, two major factions of the Free Syrian Army, the Turkistan Islamic Party and the extreme Islamist organization Hayat Tahrir Ash-Sham, or HTS — an offshoot of the former Jabhat An Nusra — together launched an offensive into northwestern Hama in western-central Syria. The resulting battle... Read more
Iraq Did All It Could to Kill Hashem All-e-Agha, Iran’s Top F-14 Pilot
Part two of two. Read part one. During the first four years of the Iran-Iraq War, one Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force F-14 pilot earned a fearful reputation — especially in Iraq. Amazingly enough, he remains entirely unknown to the public, even in Iran. This might unsurprising, considering Iran’s fascistic... Read more
Hashem All-e-Agha Was Iran’s Top F-14 Pilot
Part one of two. Read part two. During the first four years of the Iran-Iraq War, one Iranian F-14 pilot earned a fearful reputation — especially in Iraq. Amazingly enough, he remains entirely unknown to the public, even in Iran. This might seem unsurprising, considering Iran’s fascistic regime and its ongoing... Read more
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