fighter aircraft. This is simply BS, regardless how many supposed “experts” the Administration trot out to make such an assertion. The bottom line is that even if the closest asset capable of response was half-way around the world, you don’t just sit on your penguin *** and do nothing. The fact is that the closest asset was not half-way around the world, but as near as Aviano Air Base, Italy where two squadrons of F-16Cs are based.
hit at 4:00 AM.
- When at 10:00 PM AFRICON alerts the 31st TFW Command Post in Aviano Air Base, Italy of the attack, the Wing Commander orders preparation for the launch of two F-16s and advises the Command Post at NAS Sigonella to prepare for hot pit refueling and quick turn of the jets.
- By 11:30 PM, two F-16Cs with drop tanks and each armed with five hundred 20 MM rounds are airborne. Flying at 0.92 mach they will cover the 522 nautical miles directly to NAS Sigonella in 1.08 hours.
- While in-route, the flight lead is informed of the tactical situation, rules of engagement, and radio frequencies to use.
jets depart Sigonella at 1:10 AM with full fuel load and cover the 377
nautical miles directly to Benghazi
in 0.8 hours, arriving
at 1:50 AM… which would be 20 minutes after the arrival of Woods, Doherty and their team.
that the two F-16s initial pass over the mob, in full afterburner at 200
feet and 550 knots did not stop the attack in
its tracks, only a few well placed strafing runs on targets of opportunity would assuredly do the trick.
the F-16s fuel state insufficient to recover at Sigonelli after
jettisoning their external drop tanks, they could easily do so at
Tripoli International Airport, only one-half hour away.
- As for
those hand-wringing naysayers who would worry about IFR clearances, border
crossing authority, collateral damage, landing
rights, political correctness and dozens of other reasons not to act… screw them. It is high time that our “leadership” get their priorities straight and put America’s interests first.