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F-14 TOMCAT UNITS OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (Osprey Combat Aircraft No 70)
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F-14 TOMCAT UNITS OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (Osprey Combat Aircraft No 70)

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Tony Holmes

Osprey, 2008.

At the forefront of the Global War on Terror from the very start, the venerable F-14 Tomcat led the first manned air strikes on Afghanistan in October 2001. Flying from aircraft carriers cruising in the Northern Arabian Sea off the coast of Pakistan, naval aviators flew their Grumman fighter-bombers on six- to eight-hour missions in support of Sprecial Forces and Northern Alliance fighters engaging the Taliban and al-Qaeda. This volume is the first of its kind to be published on the Tomcat's exploits in Operation Enduring Freedom, and it covers every squadron committed to the campaign from September 2001 through to November 2003, when the last F-14s patrolled Afghan skies. Profusely illustrated with rare frontline photography taken by the naval aviators themselves and 36 specially commissioned color profiles, this volume feataures the combat experiences of more than 30 pilots and radar intercept officers who conducted LGB strikes, strafing attacks, FAC(A) sorties, TARPS and bomber/transport escort missions. 96 pages.

*Comprehensive histories of fighting aircraft and their crews, highlighting their vital role in the development of warfare in the 20th and 21st centuries

*A unique source of information, researched by recognized experts and brought to life by first hand accounts from the combat veterans themselves

*Concise, authoritative text is supported by at least 30 original color profiles, specially commissioned scale drawings, and the best archival photography from around the world