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Bravo Two Zero 
Andy McNab
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Hornets over Kuwait 
Jay A. Stout
(Amazon.UK) 
It Doesn't Take a Hero 
H. Norman, General Schwarzkopf
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Storm over Iraq :
Air Power and the Gulf War

Richard P. Hallion
(Amazon.UK)
Into the Storm : A Study in Command 
Tom Clancy,
Frederick M. Franks
(Amazon.UK) 
Crusade : The Untold
Story of the Persian
Gulf War
 
Rick Atkinson
Strike Eagle : Flying the
F-15E in the Gulf War
William Smallwood
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The Generals' War : The
Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf 
Michael R. Gordon,
Bernard E., General Trainor
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Every Man a Tiger 
Tom Clancy,
Frederick M. Franks
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E-3 Sentry (AWACs)
Wingspan:
145 feet, 9 inches
Length:
153 feet
Height:
41 feet, 9 inches
Weight:
325,00 lbs maximum
Speed:
530 mph
Range:
11 hour endurance
Power:
Four 21,00 lbs Pratt and Whitney TF33-P-100turbofans
Crew:
4 in aircraft, 16 in AWACS
Service:
Air Force

*The AWACs aircraft is easily identifiable by the large, saucer-shaped radar protruding out of the fuselage. This plane is designed to oversee all aircraft in an operating area, identify friend or foe, and then dispatch an appropriate response to deal with threats. Saudi Arabia also possesses a number of these aircraft which we sold to them in the early 1980's.

Iraqi Counterpart--

The Iraqis were said to have a number of Il-76 Candid aircraft built by the Soviets and retooled by the Iraq into a Adnan1 and Adnan2. This aircraft has a similar appearance and electronic capability as the AWACs aircraft, but without proper fighter cover, would be vulnerable to U.S. attack.

Actions in Desert Storm--

AWACs played an invaluable role in the success of the air war. With thousands of sorties a day, and sometimes hundreds in one specific area, it is a tribute to the skill of the AWACs that there were no mid-air collisions. During the battle of Khafji, there were so many planes in one sector that the pilots had to wait fifteen minutes to get clearance from the AWACs to make their runs. AWACs also played an important role in keeping Iraqi fighters away from allied aircraft. Since Saudi Arabia already has a number of these aircraft, the coordination between the U.S. and the Saudis was made much easier in this crisis.

The Iraqi AWACs were not called upon in an air defense role. With the lack of Iraqi air power, there was little need for the plane and a number of them reportedly flew to Iran for safe haven.  


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