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Operation Bright Star '83

USAF Bombers in Egypt

An air-to-air left side view of four F-111 aircraft as they fly over the Pyramids during exercise Bright Star '83, 09/10/1983

An air-to-air right side view of four F-111 aircraft in use during exercise Bright Star '83, 09/10/1983

An air-to-air left side view of four F-111 aircraft in use during exercise Bright Star 83. The Nile River is visible in the background, 09/10/1983

A pilot, wearing Arab headgear, exits from an F-111 aircraft during the joint Exercise BRIGHT STAR '83. The exercise involves troops from the US, Egypt, Sudan and Somalia, 09/10/1983

On the morning of 23 November 1981, eight bombers of SACís Strategic Projection Force (SPF) took off on what was to be the longest nonstop B-52 bombing mission in the history of SAC. The two flights of bombers, four from the 319 Bombardment Wing, Grand Forks AFB and four from the 5th Bombardment Wing, Minot AFB, both within the 57th Air Division, took off in deteriorating weather for the sole purpose of delivering their loads of conventional munitions on a target 7000 miles away. In addition, the first bomber across the target would signal the beginning of the final exercise of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force Operation Bright Star 82, so timing was extremely critical.

A right side view of an F-16A block 15 Fighting Falcon aircraft in use during exercise Bright Star '83

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Operation Bright Star '83, Exercise Bright Star 1983, Pyramid, West Cairo, General Dynamics F-111D Aardvark, 27th Tactocal Fighter Wing, 27th TFW, General Dynamics F-16A block 15, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, 388th TFW, Egypt, Cairo West, B-52 Stratorortress, USAF, TAC, SAC