US Marine and RAAF Hornet Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom

US Marine and RAAF Hornet Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Paperback Combat Aircraft

By (author) Tony Holmes, Illustrated by Chris Davey


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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 246mm x 8mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841768472
  • ISBN 13: 9781841768472
  • Illustrations note: 30ill.84col.ill.
  • Sales rank: 463,758

Product description

Hornet units were in the vanguard of first strikes in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and this book draws on material from the author's unprecedented interviews with Australian and American combat veterans to provide a remarkable insight into their operations with the RAAF and US Marines in Iraq. The RAAF detachment in Iraq represented the Australian Air Force's first deployment in an overseas theatre since the Korean War. This book examines the combat roles of RAAF and US Marine Homets throughout OIF, including their support of the drive towards Baghdad, and detailing the impressive array of US ordnance that they dropped or launched in the course of the campaign.

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Author information

Tony Holmes has worked as Osprey's aerospace editor since 1989, having previously served as an author/photographer for this publishing house in Australasia. He established the critically acclaimed and hugely popular Aircraft of the Aces series in 1994, and has also developed both the Combat Aircraft and Aviation Elite Units series. An airbrush artist with years of experience, Chris Davey has produced the profiles for over a dozen Osprey books since 1994. His most recent work includes Combat Aircraft volumes 46: 'US Navy Hornet Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Part 1)' and 47: 'F-15C/E Eagle Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom'.

Review quote

"Tony Holmes, the Osprey aviation editor, has written a keeper. It is complete with fascinating firsthand crew accounts, splendid color photos, and 10 pages of expertly done illustrations of Marine and Australian F/A 18s and their markings." -"Proceedings"

Table of contents

Prelude to War; The Final Build Up; Shock and Awe; War at Sea - the Persian Gulf; War at Sea - the Mediterranean; Operation Falconer; Appendices