Nattallie, 75 aircraft doesn't tell the whole story - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Greg
    • 17.01.10 | 21:40 (IST)

    The Coalition lost 52 fixed-wing aircraft and 23 helicopters during Desert Storm, with 39 fixed-wing aircraft and 5 helicopters lost in combat. Only one Coalition fighter was lost in aerial combat, with Iraqi pilots making a second, more dubious claim. The rest of the Coalition losses came from antiaircraft fire. The Americans lost 28 fixed-wing aircraft and 5 helicopters, the British 7 fixed-wing aircraft, the Saudis 2, the Italians 1, and the Kuwaitis 1. In addition, during the invasion of Kuwait on August 2 1990 the Kuwaiti Air Force lost 12 fixed-wing aircraft destroyed on the ground, 6 helicopters shot down and 2 destroyed on the ground. However the point is not the effectiveness of AA to shoot down Israeli aircraft during an invasion but to prevent overflights so Hez can move arms in prep for an offensive operation. Monitoring this build-up is clearly the stated goal of the IAF with the overflights. Therefore the protection of Lebanon from Israeli attack is a red herring

    from the article: U.S. official: Arming of Hezbollah could spark Israel-Syria war
    First published 08:52 17.01.10 | Last updated 15:41 17.01.10
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