December 27, 1992

1992: Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 363rd Fighter Wing at Shaw AFB, N. C., intercepted two MiG-25s the “no-fly” zone in Southern Iraq. The 33rd Fighter Squadron Commander, Lt Col Gary North, fired an AIM-120A missile and shot down a MiG-25. The event featured several firsts: the first combat use of the AIM-120A, the first beyond visual range kill, and the first USAF F-16 air-to-air victory.