Were there any aces in Desert Storm?

On the first day of the air war (January 17, 1991), Captain Jon “JB” Kelk claimed the first aerial victory of Desert Storm, downing a MiG-29 in combat. In less than 30 days, the 58th Fighter Squadron flew more than 1,600 combat sorties and destroyed 16 Iraqi aircraft – more than any other coalition air unit.

How many kills did it take to be considered an ace?

A flying ace, fighter ace or air ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial combat. The exact number of aerial victories required to officially qualify as an ace is varied, but is usually considered to be five or more.

How many a 10s were shot down in the Gulf War?

The A-10 force, flying more than 8,000 combat sorties, suffered only five A-10s destroyed (a loss rate of . 062 percent). Twenty of these aircraft returned with significant battle damage, and forty-five others returned with light damage that was repaired between sorties.

Who is the last American ace?

Cesar Antonio Rodriguez
With three air-to-air combat victories, he joined Thomas Dietz, Robert Hehemann, and Robert Wright (all USAF officers) as the closest to becoming an air ace of any U.S. pilot since the Vietnam War….Cesar Rodriguez (pilot)

Cesar Antonio Rodriguez
Years of service 1981–2006
Rank Colonel
Unit 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing

Has any A-10 Warthog been shot down?

2003–2011 (Operation Iraqi Freedom) The pilot (Eric Das) and WSO (William Watkins) were killed. Their bodies were recovered. April 8, 2003 – An A-10A Thunderbolt II (Serial Number : 78-0691) was shot down over downtown Baghdad by an Iraqi Roland surface-to-air missile. The pilot survived.

Has an AC 130 been shot down?

Commonly known as the last AC-130 gunship shot down in combat, Spirit 03 is a story of heroes, harrowing combat and sacrifice. According to the Air Force Special Operations Command history office, the Iraqi army planned to invade Khafji, Saudi Arabia at the end of January, 1991, during Operation Desert Storm.