U.S. Army forces have taken over the western Iraqi military airfields of H-2 and H-3 earlier today. This has me wondering about a few things.
- what kind of aircraft (if any) were captured on the ground?
- as the two fields are located outside the No-Fly-Zone and have a long standing history of service (well, H-3 anyways) I presume they retained some activity following 1991, or am I wrong?
- what about ballistic missiles that are supposed to be based there?
- helicopters must have been used to deliver troops to the area, but would they have had fixed wing transports land at the field immideatly after it was secured?
- could someone refresh my memory as to the methods that can be used to drop cargo from extremely low altitudes (or even a sort of touch-and-go manouver)?
- assuming the fields are not too damaged, do you think allied forces will use them for their aircraft before Iraq is completely liberated?
- this is probably another long shot, but does anyone know whether H-3's backup sites are also under allied control?