Thursday, March 25, 2010

Air force commander hails Iranian Air Force

"We want to describe the bravery of the airmen to the people who have not experienced the war."
-- General Hassan Shahsafi

Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Air Force (IRIAF), Pilot Brigadier General Hassan Shahsafi has credited Iran's military capability in light of the war with Iraq 20 years ago and the arms embargo that has been placed on Iran since the revolution of 1979.

He put special emphasize on Operation Kaman 99 an (almost unheard of in the west) operation under taken by the Iranian Air Force less than 24 hours after the Iraqi invasion of September 22nd 1980, which saw 40 American made F-4 Phantom II's attack Baghdad in retaliation whilst Iranian air space was covered by 60 F-14 Tomcats that had been pushed into service with the newly formed Iranian Air Force and written off by the American media.

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