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

Richard P. Hallion
Into the Storm : A Study in Command 
Tom Clancy,
Frederick M. Franks
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Rick Atkinson
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William Smallwood
The Generals' War : The
Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf 
Michael R. Gordon,
Bernard E., General Trainor
Every Man a Tiger 
Tom Clancy,
Frederick M. Franks

   F/A-18 Hornet 

     37 feet, 5 inches  
     56 feet  
     15 feet, 3 inches  
     23,050 lbs empty  
     51,900lbs maximum  
     725 knots / Mach 1.8+  
     50,00 feet (approx.)  
     400575 Nautical miles/2,00 plus Nautical mile (transit)  
     Two General Electric F404-GE-400Turbofan with 16,00 pounds of static thrust Armament: One M61A1 Vulcan 20mm 
     (A mix of the following depending on mission:)  
          AIM7 Sparrow  
          AIM9 Sidewinder  
          AGM-84 Harpoon Anti-Ship missile  
          Cluster Bombs  
          AGM-88 HARM high-speed anti-radiation missile  
          AGM-65 Maverick missiles 
          1 in A and C models, 2 in D  
          Navy and Marines 

     * The Hornet joined the service in 1983. The origins trace it roots to the YF-17, the unsuccessful contender with the YF-16 (F-16) in the Air Force's fighter competition. It was designed to replace the Navy's F-4 and A-7 aircraft. It is now the standard fighter in the Navy and Marine Corps and is also flown by the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration team. F/A-18's are also used by the Canadian forces in the Gulf. 

    Iraqi Counterpart-- 

     Iraq has a few dozen Soviet SU-7s "Fitter-A" that are used in a ground attack mode, as the F-18 can be utilized. The SU-7 was designed in the 1950's and is not regarded as much of a match for the high-tech F-18. The F-18 could also face the advanced SU-25's and SU-29's in an air combat role, should they be operational. 

     Actions in Desert Storm-- 

     Joining the A-6 in an attack role from carriers, the F-18 was used extensively in attacks on Iraqi positions. Marine Corps pilots also used the F-18 for close air support missions as they moved up through Kuwait. The F-18 was the first plane downed in the war, but overall losses were considerably low throughout the conflict. 

     The Navy deployed 90 F/A-18 A/C's from four aircraft carriers. The Marines had 36 F/A-18A's and 36 F/A-18Cs deployed. The aircraft was used in both an attack and fighter role. Three USMC F/A-18s were damaged by SAMs and one to anti-air artillery, but all returned to base and were back in service within two days. One Navy F/A-18 was lost in combat. The Marines also deployed 12 F/A-18D's, with two sustaining battle damage, but both returning. These aircraft were used as tactical air coordinators and airborne forward control roles. 

For More on the F-18 in the Gulf War, check out: 

Hornets over Kuwait 
Jay A. Stout

Vipers in the Storm : Diary of a Gulf War Fighter Pilot
by Keith Rosenkranz

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