US Marine Corps and RAAF Hornet Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom

US Marine Corps and RAAF Hornet Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom

by Tony Holmes, Chris Davey

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Overview

Some 84 of the 250 Hornets committed by Central Command to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) proudly bore MARINE titling on their rear fuselages. A further 14 were marked with the distinctive kangaroo roundel of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The exploits achieved by the units that flew these jets into combat is detailed in this volume, the third of three titles published in the Combat Aircraft series on what has been dubbed by many TACAIR insiders the 'Hornet's War'. Although the bulk of this book deals with the major hostilities phase of OIF I, which ran from 20 March to 20 April 2003, the decade of pre-war OSW missions and ongoing post-war OIF II operations are also covered in significant detail from the Marine Corps perspective. Profusely illustrated with rare frontline photography and more than 30 specially commissioned colour artworks, this book also features the combat experiences of 24 pilots and Weapons Systems Officers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782006718
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/20/2012
Series: Combat Aircraft , #65
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
File size: 16 MB
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About the Author

Osprey Aviation Editor since 1989, Tony Holmes is a native of Fremantle, Western Australia. Responsible for devising the Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft and Aviation Elite Units series, Tony has also written more than 20 books for Osprey in the past 17 years. He was the only foreign journalist granted access to returning Operation Iraqi Freedom Hornet and Tomcat crews in the aftermath of the campaign.

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'. He is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.
Chris Davey has illustrated more than 70 titles for Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces and Combat Aircraft series since 1994. Based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, as one of the very last traditional airbrush artists in the business, he has become the company's illustrator of choice for both USAAF fighters and RAF subject matter, proving his undoubted skill when dealing with large aircraft subjects such as the Halifax, Sunderland, Lancaster, and Stirling.

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

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