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Multirole aircraft can attack enemy targets in the air or on land. NAUTICAL MILE A standard way to measure distance, especially when traveling in an aircraft or ship. It is based on the circumference of the Earth, the distance around the equator. This large circle is divided into 360 degrees. ” A single minute of arc around the Earth is one nautical mile. 30 OPERATION DESERT STORM Also known as the Persian Gulf War (or simply the Gulf War). A war fought from 1990-1991 in Iraq and Kuwait between the forces of Iraq’s President Saddam Hussein and a group of United Nations countries led by the United States.

3 XTREME FACT During Operation Desert Storm, Warthogs destroyed more than 900 Iraqi tanks. 29 ALLIED FORCES Nations that are allied, or joined, in a fight against a common enemy. ARMOR A strong, protective covering made to protect military vehicles. FUSELAGE The main body of a plane. GPS (GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM) A system of orbiting satellites that transmits information to GPS receivers on Earth. Using information from the satellites, receivers can calculate location, speed, and direction with great accuracy.

SHRAPNEL A deadly fragment of a bomb that flies through the air after the explosion. SMART BOMB Precision-guided weapons, also called “smart bombs,” are bombs or missiles that can be steered in mid-air toward their targets. They are guided by lasers, radar, or satellite signals. STRAFE When low-flying aircraft attack objects on the ground, usually with rapid-firing weapons. A-10 Thunderbolt IIs use a GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling-type cannon mounted in their nose to strafe ground targets. TITANIUM A silver-gray metal that is lightweight yet very hard and strong.

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