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14 Sep 2020 6:46 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "How an F-15E Shot Down an Iraqui Gunship with a Bomb" to "How an F-15E Shot Down an Iraqi Gunship with a Bomb"Removed from Cold War (1946-1989) boardRemoved from Ultramodern Warfare (2009-present) boardCrossposted to Modern Aviation Discussion (1946-2007) board

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2020 3:05 p.m. PST

"America's F-15 Eagle has long since secured a position in the pantheon of the world's greatest fighters. With an incredible air combat record of 104 wins and zero losses, the fourth generation powerhouse we call the F-15 remains America's fastest air superiority fighter, beating out even the venerable F-22 Raptor. But the F-15E Strike Eagle, the F-15's multi-role sibling, was never really intended to serve as a dedicated air-to-air platform. Instead, the F-15E's goal was to leverage the speed and payload capabilities of an F-15 for ground attack missions making it one of the most capable multi-role fighters of its generation.

In 1991, Air Force Capt. Tim Bennett was serving as a flight leader for the 335th Tactical Fighter Squadron out of Al Kharj AB in central Saudi Arabia, in support of Operation Desert Storm. He and his F-15E would fly a total of 58 combat missions through the deployment, but one stands out as particularly exceptional: The time Bennett and his weapons officer, Capt. Dan Bakke, managed to shoot down an Iraqi helicopter using a 2,000 pound laser guided bomb…"
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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2020 4:51 p.m. PST

Gotta love good old American ingenuity, unless you are the enemy, of course.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 9:39 a.m. PST

2000lbs is a little much for helicopter. I see they employed the word "vaporized". I'll bet.

Any tool can be a hammer.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 5:52 p.m. PST

There is a certain morale effect to seeing the helicopter that you are flying with, or that just inserted you, disappearing into a black cloud with a loud bang.

And probably a complementary morale effect to seeing an enemy helicopter disappearing like that!

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