February 16, 2019

The Downing of Spirit ’03; Did the Moon Play a Role?

1991 was a busy year for Air Force Special Operations. Fresh off of the success of Panama, AC-130H gunships based out of Hurlbert Field were dispatched to the Arabian peninsula in late 1990 as part of Operation Desert Shield, later to become the shooting war of Desert Storm. Nowadays remembered as Gulf War I, one of the least known chapters was the Battle for Khafji and the role AC-130Hs played. When the battle was over, hundreds of Iraqi tanks and one gunship would be destroyed, taking its brave crew with it.

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