Excellent video telling the story of “Operation Secret Squirrel” (as the crews called it) that started the Gulf War this day in history 26 years ago.
When you need an airplane to blow open the door to a country, there’s no better than the mighty Buff! On January 16, 1991, seven B-52s of the 2nd Bomb Wing took off from Barksdale AFB, LA on a nonstop mission to Iraq. Their objective: to blind Iraq by knocking out critical command and power nodes with GPS guided cruise missiles. In the end, their mission successfully limited Iraq’s capability to respond to the additional waves of Coalition aircraft that came. Additionally, they set a record for the longest combat mission in history at 14,000 nautical miles traveled (a record held until B-2s and B-52s launched in the wake of 9/11 to attack Afghanistan). Secret Squirrel also marked the first use of GPS guided munitions in combat.
Here’s to those crews 26 years ago today leading the way! To learn more check out the full story on the Barkesdale website: