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Few questions about Desert Storm

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 11:18 am
by Guest
Can someone tell me where were troops brought over on civilian planes landing to off load? Where were they stationed? A particular village or a ready made compound? WHat was it called if it was a compound?

Was it hot in November - February over there?

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:19 pm
by Dagger X-Ray
I flew on on a "Tower Air" 747 Jumbo Jet and I think we landed at Dhahran Intl airport. We landed in the middle of the night and were bussed to Kobar Towers.

I was there from Jan through May and it was HOT during the day and COLD during the night. Temps ranged from upwards of a very dry 135* in the day to the low 30*'s at night.

Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 12:55 am
by 3rdcavtrooper
we flew in on American to Dhahran in September, bussed to Jubail port to pick up vehicles and lowboyed out to the Kuwait border. We built our camp...first foxholes, then leentoos and finally tents. It was called Camp Manly. In January we lowboyed to the Neutral Zone and set up camps before going over the top. We left on Tower Air in March. With the heat, I also saw fog, rain (once) and it would get cold enough for some to wear parkas (wimps).

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:37 am
by 2/6 CAV Trooper
We shipped our helicopters and vehicles out of a port in Holland in early November 1990 flew on a Tower Air 747 out of Nurnberg to a Royal Saudi Air Force base near Dahlran at night with a stop in Rome Italy, (not sure why the stop) on the night of December 9-10. After seeing oil platforms in the gulf on approach and touching down we taxied along, I could see F-15 Eagles and Tornadoes from the USAF, RAF, RSAF, and even A-4 Skyhawks with "FREE KUWAIT" written on their sides. I wondered if that was written more to identify the aircraft's national affinity or as a plea whose answer indicated why we were there.

When I exited the jumbo my first sight was the eiriest cresent moon I've yet seen. It looked blood red and seemed on its side and shaped like a either a chesire cat grin or the blade of a fat scimitar. My second sight was more comforting, a pair of USAF F-15 Eagles lit their burners and roared down the runway on take off and felt like someone was standing guard.

We stayed in a tent city by the port for the first few days unloading our aircraft and adapting them for the desert before taking the tapline road out to near Hafar al Batin where we quickly set up shop in a bermed in tent city for our squadron and started training for desert as opposed to European attack helicopter ops.

After the shooting stopped most of my unit returned to a Royal Saudi Air Force Base near King Kahlid Military City. I and my Troop were reassigned to join our sister unit the 4-229th Attack Helicopter Battalion "Flying Tigers" in an Iraqi Air Force Base called As Salam from which we flew missions along the euphrates river valley to enforce the demarcation line between where the Coalition forces were withdrawing to go home and Saddam's force which periodically would attempt to harass us or the guys on the ground. While there we hardened aircraft shelters the airforce had bombed out the base an unexploded ordinace was scttered about so we lremained in tents in a cleared out area of the base.

Only when we were recalled to Saudi to go ship out and return to Germany did we actually get to live in solid building again, in the Kobar toweres which years later were bombed by terrorists. Funny, I heard the towers were built to house Saudi bedouins, who turned down the governments offer and perfer living in tents with their herds and Toyota pickup trucks.

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:41 am
by SaucyWench
Dagger X-Ray wrote:I flew on on a "Tower Air" 747 Jumbo Jet and I think we landed at Dhahran Intl airport. We landed in the middle of the night and were bussed to Kobar Towers.

I was there from Jan through May and it was HOT during the day and COLD during the night. Temps ranged from upwards of a very dry 135* in the day to the low 30*'s at night.
Glad I'm not the only one who thought it was cold in the am! :lol:

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:27 am
by Murf
We were flown in on a TWA 747 jet from Stuttgart, Germany to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The Aircraft was painted entirely white except for a black triangle under the cockpit windows. The chartered crew onboard the aircraft were all TWA flight attendants (the only way we knew it was TWA was their TWA nametags) but they called themselves "The Wings of Angels" instead of Trans World Airlines. They all stood out at the top of the airstairs as we deplaned and clapped and cheered for us as we marched out into our first Saudi Arabian dust cloud.

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:53 am
by Redmaxx
Murf wrote:We were flown in on a TWA 747 jet from Stuttgart, Germany to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The Aircraft was painted entirely white except for a black triangle under the cockpit windows. The chartered crew onboard the aircraft were all TWA flight attendants (the only way we knew it was TWA was their TWA nametags) but they called themselves "The Wings of Angels" instead of Trans World Airlines. They all stood out at the top of the airstairs as we deplaned and clapped and cheered for us as we marched out into our first Saudi Arabian dust cloud.
I also flew from Stuttgart to Dhaharan, Saudi Arabia. We flew on an American Trans Air plane. We stopped in Rome for re-fuel and I can remember getting off the plane in Saudi and smelling the burning shit. It was cold in the evening from December to about March/April, then it was pretty much hot, hot, hot during the day but comfortable at night. I remember during the December, Jan, Feb time frame that there was ice that formed during the night hours on anything that had water. I also remember freezing cold showers and one HELL of an updraft......

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 9:47 am
by robkeller
My unit flew out of Hunter Army Airfield near Savanna, Ga on an Air Force C-5. Stopped at an airbase outside of Madrid, Spain for a refuel and landed in Dharan. We spent a bout a week in the tent city at Dammam port then bused out to Log Base Alpha. After two months we moved westward to Log Base Echo. After the shooting stopped we were stationed at KKMC for a while before moving to Khobar Towers to wait for our turn to return home. We came back home on a United 747.

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 3:16 pm
by MKopack
Flew from 'home' at Torrejon AB, just outside of Madrid up to Rhein-Main in Frankfort via USAF C-130, then caught a C-5 to RSAFB Dhahran (flying 'Space Available'). The next day, once again on a C-130 flew from Dhahran, to Riyadh, and over to The Qatar Emiri AF Base in Doha - home for the next seven months.

Mike

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 8:26 pm
by Dispacther
Mike , where abouts in the old north state You call home Now ?

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 9:31 pm
by Rickey Nelson
Flew out of England Air Force Base Pineville La. We flew in C141"s all the way to Daharan.. Any one been to Ft. Polk La....It is now a National traniing center.... it was rainy cold Dec morning to a hot 0300 landing in Daharan.

Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:24 am
by prettykitty57401
Why do you want to know? Sorry, but maybe I have grown a little cynical over the years but I think some of you are giving out way to much information to sensitive information. No matter how long it has been since we've been there.

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Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:38 am
by pitmodano12
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Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 6:20 pm
by BraveRifles
prettykitty57401 wrote:Why do you want to know? Sorry, but maybe I have grown a little cynical over the years but I think some of you are giving out way to much information to sensitive information. No matter how long it has been since we've been there.
None of this is OPSEC sensitive stuff.

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 11:10 pm
by 5thFSEMSG
WE flew out on various c-47s and c-5a's. Our unit arrived in bits and pieces. sone flew, some went by boat. We flew home on civivlian 747 and all of the unit's equipment came home by boat.