GWOT costs USAF 65 airframes so far

Air Force magazine’s Michael Sirak today posts an interesting tally of USAF airframe losses since Sept 11, 2001. The count includes seven aircraft shot down or lost in direct combat and another 58 lost in “contingency” operations.




The manned contingency loss breakdown is: one A-10A, two B-1Bs, oneB-2A, one C-5B, one C-130H, one F-15E, four F-16s, two HH-60Gs, twoMC-130Hs, one MC-130P, six MH-53s, and one U-2.

The unmanned losses are: 39 MQ/RQ-1 Predators, one MQ-9A Reaper, and two RQ-4A Global Hawks.

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2 Responses to GWOT costs USAF 65 airframes so far

  1. ELP 27 October, 2008 at 8:19 pm #

    Well, at least the war is convenient for the selling the idea that all the losses were war related to the gullible taxpayer.

    Of course the C-5B was gross aircrew error. I find the distinction on the B-52 loss with 6 aircrew as splitting hairs.

  2. r.williams 28 October, 2008 at 7:42 pm #

    It would be far more informative if more precise details of these losses were given. One remembers the disinformation of Korea and Vietnam with rehard to losses. Why can’t there be more honesty ?

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