Check out this delicious, obscure news item-out of Indianapolis-from agile, alert reader Ford:
From staff reports: Members of the Fort Wayne-based 122nd Fighter Wing are scheduled to leave for Southwest Asia about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday from the unit’s headquarters on Ferguson Road. It represents the wing’s largest single deployment since it was called to Chambley, France, in 1961 during the Berlin Crisis. This deployment is in support of ongoing operations in the U.S. Central Command Air Forces (CENTAF) area of responsibility, which includes Southwest Asia. The unit will deploy fighter pilots, as well as maintenance and support personnel.
Now isn't that wildly interesting?..........According to Wikipedia
Southwest Asia is partly coterminous with the traditional European name "the Middle East". The term "Western Asia" has become the preferred term of use for the Middle East by international organizations (most notably the United Nations) and also in African and Asian countries, such as India, because of the perceived Eurocentrism of the historical term "Middle East".
View video clip showing the F-16 in flight. Ford writes;
That's a lot of F-16s for a conflict that's winding down in Iraq. Considering the recent Israeli purchase of a special long range version of the F-16. It has fuel tanks that are formed to match the contours of the wing and are located on the top of the wing root. This means they can be fitted with one very large load (read bunker buster) on the centerline where the external fuel tank is normally mounted. IMHO the only place we could base so many F-16s in the region is Iraq and any attack by the Israelis would likely go through Iraq. We could be planning use the F-16s to augment an attack by the Israelis; while
The key now is to keep the footprint small so that the force easily sustainable in the attack position. The attack force needs to be in theater for some time to create the impression of a sustained level of activity, on the Iranian border, so that when a flight goes "off course" the Iranians aren't particularly alarmed. With our air superiority it will be quick and decisive
Mr. Ford, I gotta tell you, I love the way you think.