The First Shot

Kinkade, Mark
July 2003
Airman;Jul2003, Vol. 47 Issue 7, p24
The article presents information and some snapshots related to the U.S. air attack on Baghdad, Iraq. As Ram 01 and Ram 02 banked toward Baghdad, the morning sun rose outside the left side of Major Mark Hoehn's F-117 Nighthawk fighter jet. To his right, the evening moon still hovered full and bright over the Tigris River. But on this particular morning, he had other things on his mind. He was about to start a war. That magical moment came just minutes before Hoehn and Lt. Col. Dave Toomey, in a second F-117, dropped satellite guided bombs on a bunker in Dora Farms, a compound near the Tigris. They fired the opening salvo of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ordinarily, short-notice missions are difficult for the F-117 planners. The Nighthawk is designed for special missions, and those usually take time to develop.


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