Friday, August 10, 2007

5 Amazing Feats of US Airpower

Info derived from this article.

1). New precision bombs give America's 97 heavy bombers the capacity of 7 wings of fighter bombers (about 500 warplanes).

2). Only 655 warplanes were needed to fight the 2003 Gulf War compared to 1100 in 1991.

3). Number of combat sorties in Desert Storm was 1400. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, this had declined to 700.

4). The Navy says the number of targets which carrier aircraft can bomb has increased from 200 in 1997 to 700 today.

5). The US Navy has 8000 vertical launchers scattered throughout the fleet, theoretically able to fire the same amount of Tomahawk cruise missiles.