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CENTAF releases airpower summary

1/12/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces released today’s airpower summary.

Coalition aircraft flew 52 close-air support missions Jan. 11 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

Navy F/A-18 Hornets and an F-14 Tomcat provided close-air support to coalition troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Al Mansuriyah and Baghdad.

In addition, eight Air Force and Navy Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. Air Force and Royal Air Force fighter aircraft performed in a non-traditional ISR role with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.

In Afghanistan, coalition aircraft flew 19 close-air support missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. These missions included support to coalition and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities, and presence route patrols.

In addition, five Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. Royal Air Force fighter aircraft performed in a non-traditional ISR role.

Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. Approximately 175 airlift sorties were flown, about 370 tons of cargo were delivered, and more than 3,500 passengers were transported. This included approximately 25,000 pounds of civic aid air-dropped in Afghanistan.

Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada, Japan and the Republic of Korea flew in support of OIF and OEF.

On Jan. 10 Air Force tankers flew 29 sorties and off-loaded more than 2.2 million pounds of fuel.



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