F-16 Fighting Falcon Units of OIF: Vipers Over the Desert

F-16 Fighting Falcon Units of OIF: Vipers Over the Desert

Paperback Osprey Combat Aircraft

By (author) Steve Davies, Illustrated by Chris Davey

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 248mm x 10mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841769940
  • ISBN 13: 9781841769943
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.)
  • Sales rank: 759,510

Product description

When US President Bush ordered his forces into Iraq in March 2003, the F-16CJ was the second aircraft to enter Iraqi airspace-proper, sweeping the skies for electrons in a bid to find, identify and kill Iraq's comprehensive air defence system. With the mission fulfilled, hordes of other coalition fighters followed, including the F-16CG, which was used with great success to strike fixed and mobile-ground targets. The Viper was also employed in the more conventional strike role too, bombing targets ranging from Baath party HQ buildings in Baghdad to Republican Guard T-72 tanks of the Medina division around An Najaf.

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Steve Davies is a freelance aviation journalist and photographer with strong links to the USAF fighter community. He is the author of four F-15 books (of which two were written for Osprey) and numerous magazine and journal features. In addition, he has also worked for the History Channel providing consultancy for an F-15 documentary and is currently providing consultancy for a media company planning to release a DVD set on modern fighter aircraft. He lives in Cambridge, UK.