2/3/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released today's airpower summary.
Coalition aircraft flew 51 close-air-support missions Feb. 2 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. They included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities, and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.
Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons and Navy F-14 Tomcats and F-18 Hornets provided close air support to coalition troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Al Hawijah, Al Iskandariyah, Al Taji and Baghdad.
In addition, 12 Air Force, Navy, and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. Also, Air Force fighter aircraft flew in a non-traditional ISR role with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.
In Afghanistan, coalition aircraft flew 20 close-air-support missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. They included support to coalition and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and presence route patrols.
Six Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan.
Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intratheater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. They flew 180 airlift sorties, delivered 340 tons of cargo and transported 3,200 passengers.
Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada, Japan and South Korea flew in support of either OIF or OEF.
On Feb. 1, Air Force tankers flew 30 sorties and off-loaded more than 1.9 million pounds of fuel.