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What Planes Are Being Used In Afghanistan  
User currently offlineTommy the cat From Australia, joined Nov 2001, 18 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 8745 times:

i was wondering if anyone could tell me what military planes are in afghanistan at the moment or what are going to be used?

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User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 8437 times:

Discussed to death, but here goes...

USAF:

B-1B, B-2, B-52, KC-135E/R, KC-10, AC-130H/U, (M)C-130(H/N/P), F-15E, C-17, M/HH-60, MH-53J/M, RQ-1, E-3?.

USN:

F-14B/D, F/A-18, S-3 (refueling), EA-6B? E-2C?

USMC:

UH-1N, CH-46, KC-130, CH-53E, AH-1W.

US Army:

M/CH-47E.


LY744.



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User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4454 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8418 times:

Just adding two to the list, F-14A and F-16CJ and CG. F-15Cs were used for CAP but not in Afghanistan. Affirmative on the EA-6B, E-2C and E-3.


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User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 8406 times:

The U.S. Army has the UH-60, AH-64, and OH-58 on the ground as well as the CH-47. I would guesss that there are some MD500 Defenders out there also.

The Navy will have SH-60's and well as CH-46's of their own.


User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8406 times:

Yes on the E-3 AWACS (I've been there  Smile ) and the E-8 JSTARS, and NAVY E-2 for littoral and check in ops. CO-manned EA-6Bs. Also on the AF side F-15E, now 16 CGs and CJs, and 141s, 17s and all the helos you mentioned above

User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8394 times:

There is a stunning picture in this month's AIR INTERNATIONAL...... a picture that, if you had shown it to me twenty years ago...HELL,FIVE years ago...with the actual caption below it, I'd have thought you were on crack.

It's a nose shot dated January 6th of the only flying AN-225 Myria arriving I believe in Uzbekistan....carrying US supplies from Munich to the forward bases in the war against terrorism. A USAF ground crewman is waving the aircraft to its parking space.

Strange days. Awesome aircraft though!


User currently offlineGalaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8373 times:

you forgot the C-5 galaxy is also being used.


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User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8369 times:

Never!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

The Mighty Galaxy roars as well, manned by skilled professionals who are the speartip of our justice.

Let's hope the day returns when the C-5's airshow schedule is much longer than it's combat delivery schedule, huh?


User currently offline777kicksass From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 668 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day ago) and read 8367 times:

Any RAF planes out there?

User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 23 hours ago) and read 8366 times:

RAF Tornadoes could be involved, as they are capable of reaching the area from the Arabian Peninsula with air refueling. And if they are there, RAF L1011's and VC-10's are probably nearby as well. I believe someone has mentioned that RAF Canberras have been flying reconaissance missions over Afghanistan during this operation. USAF (CIA?) U-2's have also been doing the same, AFAIK.

LY744.



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13241 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 21 hours ago) and read 8365 times:

RAF Canberra PR.9A's, recently fitted with new recon equipment, carried out missions early on.
Royal Navy nuclear subs fired some Tomahawks at the start.
RAF VC-10's, and possibly L1011's, provided 75% of the tanker support to the USN during the main bombing campaign.
ELINT Nimrod R1's have also been based within range, in Oman.
Of course RAF C-130's are still running missions into Kabul, at night to lessen vunerability to shoulder-launched SAMs.
(A BBC Panorama documentry last week was with the Parachute and Gurka regiments in Kabul. Anyone who thinks this peacekeeping mission is not a real military operation should think again, loads of ununiformed armed men around, apart from the problem of warring factions, some are not happy to see Western troops, there's been several fire-fights already. Familar to those troops who were in pre-ceasefire Northern Ireland, but with more potential for things to get really rough) .
Didn't see any UK helos in the doc, but Sea King HC.4s and Royal Marine Lynx's are on RN ships in the Indian Ocean.
Possibly some Chinooks supporting the SAS and SBS troops in country, but they could be using US choppers.
The dedicated RAF Special Forces Chinook HC.3's, similar to the US MH-47's, are not yet in service.


User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2969 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 8345 times:

Just nit-picking, but you seemed to have left out the AH-1's from the USMC.


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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13241 posts, RR: 77
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 3 hours ago) and read 8341 times:

The UK Channel 4 news, reporting on the intense fighting in Eastern Afghanistan between Taliban/Al-Queda and US/Afghan/Canadian and Australian forces, also showed footage of an RAF Chinook HC.2 in another part of the country, to update my post above.

User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 3 hours ago) and read 8337 times:

"Just nit-picking, but you seemed to have left out the AH-1's from the USMC."

See my first reply.  Big grin

LY744.



Pacifism only works if EVERYBODY practices it
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13241 posts, RR: 77
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 8327 times:

A further update, French AF Mirage 2000D strike aircraft are carrying out bombing missions against those Taliban/Al-Queda forces in Eastern Afghanistan.
French, German and Danish troops are also involved.


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User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 8303 times:

A retired USAF O-8 said that he believes A-10's are being used in the current fighting in Eastern Afghanistan yesterday. AFAIK, the A-10 was never meant to be a long range a/c, so could they be based in Uzbekistan or Pakistan, or are they refuel in-flight like everyone else?

LY744.



Pacifism only works if EVERYBODY practices it
User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8295 times:

A-10s LOLOL anyway........

yes A-10s do A/R. they have to a/r in a dive to get speed. The Tanker and a-10 climb to altitude and then dive (not to dramatically) to get speed for the a/r. I've seen it several times very interesting indeed.


Sidenote- Where do they find these idiot retiree's (who I am glad served their country don't get me wrong) but are now out of touch and have no clue about what is going on. They basically get on TV and fight this war with last war's war stories.


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