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Does it strike anyone else (except a Marine who is not an expert on USAF aircraft) as very odd that the story involves USAF aircraft sortieing from Kuwait across several countries and the Indian Ocean to provide CAS? How many times would they nhave to refuel an A-10 in the air just to get it from Kuwait to Afghanistan?

The flight would be across only one country, but a country with which we don't have very good relations right now, Iran. But you are right, the distance would be prohibitive for anything other than the old F-111 or some such (Libya strikes around the Iberian peninsula!) Most likely, if the story has any factual basis at all, they are flying out of the bases we have established in Uzbekistan or Tajekistan. I do know there are AF CAS platforms flying around there. Anyone have any word on whether they are operating out of Kandahar?

Just to give you a sense, the Harriers launching of the ARG off the pakistani coast were flying 6-7 hr sorties initially when they were actually dropping bombs! That is about 4 tanker hits and a lot of seat time to make the ole' tush sore....but, oh what fun it would of been!

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