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Operation EL DORADO CANYON (15 April 1986)

Ground crew at RAF Lakenheath, UK, prepare a 48th Tactical Fighter F-111F strike aircraft for a retaliatory strike on Libya
Ground crew at RAF Lakenheath, UK, prepare a 48th Tactical Fighter F-111F strike aircraft for a retaliatory strike on Libya. An arming supervisor gives hand signals to the pilot as crewmen under the wings pull arming pins out of the GBU-10 modular glide bombs. The crewman by the landing gear is checking for foreign objects on the runway that might be sucked into the engine before takeoff.

To the point:

After a five-year span of global terrorism that claimed over 300 American lives abroad, the U.S. government, acting on substantiated proof that Libya sponsored the attacks, launched Operation EL DORADO CANYON. Twenty-nine U.S. Air Force F-111 Aardvarks joined the armada of over 70 U.S. Navy and Air Force fighter and support aircraft to successfully destroy five Libyan targets in the form of air defense systems and terrorist training facilities.

Historical Significance:

It was the United States' first retaliatory air strike in response to terrorism and also the farthest mission ever flew by tactical aircraft. (6,400 miles and 13 hours in duration.).

Interesting Fact:

The difficulties of the mission were great. Most of the air crews, except the flight leaders, had never before seen combat. Most had never refueled from a KC-10, and none had done so at night in radio silence.

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