3/8/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released today's airpower summary.
Coalition aircraft flew 52 close-air-support missions March 7 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 Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s provided close air support to coalition troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Baghdad, Bayji and Tikrit.
In addition, 14 Air Force, Navy, RAF and Royal Australian 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.
Four 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 174 airlift sorties, delivered 300 tons of cargo and transported 3,475 passengers.
Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada and South Korea flew in support of either OIF or OEF.
On March 6 Air Force and RAF tankers flew 32 sorties and off-loaded more than 2.5 million pounds of fuel.