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RAF Tornado Units of Gulf War I - Michael Napier

RAF Tornado Units of Gulf War I

; Janusz Swiatlon (Illustratør)

When the Gulf Crisis of 1990 was triggered by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the RAF responded by sending Tornado F 3 fighters to Saudi Arabia to help defend the country against further aggression. These aircraft were followed by the deployment of Tornado GR 1 strike/attack aircraft to Bahrain. Les mer
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When the Gulf Crisis of 1990 was triggered by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the RAF responded by sending Tornado F 3 fighters to Saudi Arabia to help defend the country against further aggression. These aircraft were followed by the deployment of Tornado GR 1 strike/attack aircraft to Bahrain. Eventually three wings of Tornado GR 1s were established in Bahrain, Tabuk and Dhahran, as well as a detachment of Tornado GR 1A reconnaissance aircraft. At the start of hostilities in January 1991, the Tornado GR 1 wings carried out night-low-level attacks against Iraqi Main Operating Bases using the JP233 runway denial weapon. Meanwhile, Combat Air Patrols from the Tornado F 3 wing ensured the integrity of Saudi airspace.

Once air supremacy had been established, the Tornado GR 1 force moved to medium-level operations, initially by night and later by day, to attack the Iraqi oil production and storage infrastructure. The arrival in theatre of a laser designation capability with Pave Spike/Buccaneer and TIALD/Tornado enabled precision attacks against the Iraq transport system to cut off the frontline troops from resupply and reinforcement and then to carry out a systematic destruction of the airfield facilities. Tornado GR 1A reconnaissance operations played a major role in the location of Scud missile launchers and in the planning and execution of the land offensive. Throughout the conflict, the Tornado F 3 wing at Dhahran carried out defensive counter-air operations to ensure the safety of the base areas. This volume, publishing 30 years after the conflict to free Kuwait, provides detailed first-hand accounts of the missions undertaken by the Tornado crews. It is illustrated by photographs taken by aircrew involved in the operation and includes 30 newly commissioned profile artworks and detailed nose art views of the aircraft ranged against Iraq.
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Forlag: Osprey Publishing
Innbinding: Paperback
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 96
ISBN: 9781472845115
Format: 25 x 18 cm
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1. Preparation for War
2. First Day of Conflict
3. Counter-Air Campaign
4. Medium-Level Operations
Appendices
- Colour Plates
- Index
Michael Napier joined the RAF in 1978 as a University Cadet and studied Aeronautical Engineering at the Imperial College, London. After qualifying as a fast jet pilot in 1985, he was posted to RAF Bruggen in Germany where he spent two tours flying Tornado GR1s. He then enjoyed a short spell as a Tactics Instructor, flying Hawks at the Tactical Weapons Unit at RAF Chivenor in Devon, before returning to Bruggen – and the Tornado GR1 – as a Flight Commander. His military flying career encompassed both the Cold War and operations over Iraq after the Gulf War.
After completing two tours as a headquarters staff officer, he left the RAF in 1997 and joined British Airways, flying the DC10 and Boeing 777 as a First Officer. He became a Captain on the Airbus A320 in 2005 and has over 15,000 hours' flying experience.
Michael has written a number of articles for aviation magazines including Aircraft Illustrated, Flypast, Aeroplane Monthly and Cross & Cockade. He has also appeared on BBC radio and television and BFBS radio. He is the author of four books: Winged Crusaders - The Exploits of 14 Squadron RFC & RAF 1915-1945 and Blue Diamonds - The Exploits of 14 Squadron RAF 1945-2015 form a two-volume history of 14 Squadron, Tornado Over the Tigris – Recollections of a Fast Jet Pilot is a memoir of his flying experiences in the RAF and Gloster Javelin: an Operational History tells the story of the Javelin in RAF service. All four books have been published by Pen & Sword Books and all have been very well received by critics. He is currently working on an operational history of the Tornado GR1. Janusz Swiatlon lives in Krakow, Poland. A veteran of service with the Polish Army's 6th Pomorska Dywizja Powietrzno-Desantowa (an airborne unit) in the 1980s, he is both an enthusiast of aviation historian and a military modeller. As an illustrator, he has created numerous colour aircraft profiles published in magazines and books by AF Editores, Kagero, Chevron, Stratus and other publishing houses, including Osprey.