fishmanz From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 2 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2699 times:
I have a question about the 175th Tactical Fighter Group out of Maryland. Specifically I would like to find out some information on the A-10 Warthog Iron Maden (78-693). What I would like to know is did this aircraft see action during the Gulf War in 1990-91? Also I read that this aircraft downed tow F-4's. True? If so where and when did this happen and who's F-4's were they? Does anyone have pictures of this aircraft? I have only been able to find small bits and pieces and pictures of this aircraft so any info would be helpful.
rfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 6191 posts, RR: 25 Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2672 times:
A quote from the Gulf War Air Power Survey - an official USAF history and lessons learned document.
Quote: . By the end of Desert Storm, Coalition air forces had shot down 33 Iraqi fixed wing aircraft (5 MiG 29s, 8 Mirage F 1s, 2 MiG 25s, 8 MiG 23s, 2 Su 25s, 4 MiG 21s, 3 Su 7/17s, and 1 IL 76) and 5 helicopters while suffering, at most, 1 air to air loss on the opening night of the war.
There were 8 Mirage F-1 aircraft shot down. Nothing I can find says any F-4s were in the Iraqi inventory.
The official US govt document is no longer available from the US on-line - but is available here http://www.fas.org/sgp/library/ - scroll down about half way.
fishmanz From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 2 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2167 times:
I found a little more information regarding this aircraft. It did down two f-4's but the kicker is it was in a training exercise at Volk Field in upper Wisconsin called Sentry Independence in 1989. Apparently the A-10's Iron Maden (78-693) and Playhog (78-683) were flying a training sortie and two F-4's got a little low and the A-10"s shot them down (simulation of corse). No idea what the F-4 Squadron was though.