View Full Version : French fighters shoots down Libyan aircraft

03-24-2011, 10:22 PM
I think it would be fair to say, this would be the first time that a French fighter has shot down an enemy aircraft since WW11.

Sarkozy must be ecstatic. he might get re-elected yet. LOL

Thursday 24 March 2011


Libya: French fighter plane destroys first Libyan aircraft

The first Libya aircraft to be destroyed after it breached the no-fly zone was shot down by a French fighter as coalition attacks on Col Muammar Gaddafi's forces intensified on Thursday.

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01856/fighter_1856606c.jpg A French Rafale fighter was involved in a dog fight with a Libyan combat plane Photo: EPA

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By Thomas Harding (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/thomas-harding/), Defence Correspondent and Richard Spencer in Tripoli 9:15PM GMT 24 Mar 2011

The Libyan combat plane was destroyed as it came in to land. French surveillance aircraft had spotted it flying near the city of Misurata in violation of the UN Security Council resolution. A French Rafale fighter fired a guided air-to-ground missile, possibly the highly accurate AASM, on the jet as it landed at a nearby airbase

The incident is the first shoot-down of a Libyan fighter since Western powers launched missiles and air strikes on Saturday under a UN resolution approving a "no-fly" zone aimed at shielding civilians from attacks by Gaddafi loyalists.

The Libyan government appealed to the United Nations to stop allied forces bombing civilian broadcasting and telecommunications facilities in the country. Dr Mussa Ibrahim, the official government spokesman, said the authorities had received intelligence that such attacks would take place imminently, as early as Thursday night.

"We have of course our Plan B to continue broadcasting," he said. "But we would like to say this would be very immoral and illegal. These are civilian targets." He said as well as the loss of civilian life, such attacks would cause harm to civilians trying to go about their normal lives across Libya. The allies have not made clear how far they intend their bombing campaign to go in undermining everyday life in Libya.

The loss of oil production, sanctions such as the freezing of assets, and the chaos caused by the departure of hundreds of thousands of foreign workers have already hit towns across the country hard. Long queues of hundreds of cars have been lined up outside petrol stations in the capital Tripoli, while there have also been queues for bread though in general food supplies are holding up. Since the bombing started, shops, which had tentatively started to reopen again after weeks of protests, have largely closed again.

03-25-2011, 05:37 AM
Good to see Rafale doing its job, hopefully its gets some orders as well.

03-25-2011, 08:03 AM
I wouldn't exactly call it a dog fight if the plane was coming in to land!! That was the tactic used to shoot down the Me.262 at the end of WW11. Can the pilot really paint a Libyan roundel on his fighter after downing a trainer with an ASM as it came into land?