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Air Force F-16 pilot explains how he dodged 6 missiles during insane Gulf War mission | Task and Purpose

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Several decades ago, divine intervention prevented an airborne catastrophe for an Air Force pilot.

Major Emmett Tullia II of the United States Air Force evaded six Iraqi surface-to-air missiles during a mission over Baghdad in 1991. That day, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his aerial acrobatics, which was captured on film. A few days had passed since the beginning of the U.S.-led battle to expel Saddam Hussein’s soldiers from Kuwait. During a 1990 bombing mission over Baghdad, F-16 pilot John Tullia executed a never-ending sequence of sharp maneuvers to avoid Iraqi SAMs. He ejected his external fuel tanks to outfly the adversary and dodge anti-aircraft fire from Iraqi forces. Two further F-16 pilots who attacked Baghdad that day were hit and forced to eject; they were subsequently detained as prisoners of war by the Iraqis and tortured. The feet was even more impressive given the fact that Tullia’s flares failed to deploy while evading the enemy fire.

Source: F-16 pilot dodged 6 Iraqi missiles during harrowing Gulf War mission (taskandpurpose.com)


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