Actual Footage of Desert Storm's First Apache Strikes

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Actual Footage of Desert Storm's First Apache Strikes 5

To clear the way for the first airstrikes of the Gulf War, eight Apache helicopters had to covertly destroy Iraqi radar sites. This is a first-hand view of how their mission went down.

From: AIR WARRIORS: Apache

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I was a plumber in the USAF. I made water for refuelers during desert storm.

Author — Raymond L


"four minutes of mayhem, with 100% destruction"
*so badass*

Author — Sand Hanitizer


"...prepare for the 200 mile flight, into a rock." 0:42

Author — Globy


as a desert storm veteran this brings back some memories. M1A1 driver/loader.

Author — quest 77051


Back when setting down an ultimatum actually meant something.

Author — Josh B


wish we had a CoD on the Gulf war and Desert Storm & Shield

Author — simunator


Did he say 40+ Hellfire?
So that's why a war is expensive. Just in those missiles the tab was up to 2 million dollars.

Author — Mustavo Gaia


I built AH-64A's from 1985-89. Final Assembly.

Author — TheDustysix


Had the privilege of riding into battle at 73 Easting with the rest of my Bradley crew, the sight of Abrams popping the top of off those tanks when the ammo exploded from a sabot round at a distance of 1 mike was beautiful. I love this country

Author — Ju-87 Stuka


The entire Kuwaiti nation deeply appreciate ur service and help while no one else did until the US stood up first and we will never ever forget what you did for us.. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Author — Naz Zan


Nothing says good morning like a hellfire missile!

Author — Made in USA


An interesting fact about this mission is that the Apaches were not equipped with precision navigation systems and there were serious concerns that they would get lost on the way to their targets (2x radar sites).

So they took some recently GPS upgraded MH-53 Pave Low helicopters to guide the Apaches. The Pave Lows flew in front with the Apaches following them up to something like 10 miles from the targets.

From there, the Apaches split into two groups. Each group flew to its target and destroyed the two radar sites. They had to do this right on time as there was a HUGE number of coalition aircraft already airborne and on its way to Bagdad through the radar "hole".

As they say, the rest is history!

Author — Dominic Bazinet


The Night vision has improved alot since 1991 Deserd storm

Author — Shawn Potvin


Did i miss something? He said Saudi Arabia gathered its allies. If i remember correctly, the Saudis asked for military assistance, and the US and UK gathered the allies.

Author — Rick Potter


Was stationed at Incirlik when the war started. Was on the flight line watching the first F16s taking off headed to Iraq.

Author — Thulsa Doom


MH-53s led this airstrike ahead of the to be clear.

Author — Michael Shilling


iraq was big, but poorly led, sitting in the desert waiting to be bombed

Author — TheKeithvidz


MH-53J Pave Low III helicopters led the way. Tremendous op done right.

Author — 58Rev


Ah, so the coalition of Desert Storm was formed at the behest of the Saudi regime. That puts the middle east into better perspective...

Author — Shave Data


the USA has a new helicopter 100 knots faster, much bigger payload coming out now.

Author — Trumpster Bob