January 17, 1991

F-16A, F-15C and F-15E flying during Desert Storm, Jan 1991

1991: Operation DESERT SHIELD/STORM. The Gulf War begins. In the first 14 hours of opera­tions, coalition aircraft fly 1,200 combat sorties, while 106 cruise missiles hit targets in Iraq and Kuwait. F-117A Stealth Fighters attack more than 31 percent of Iraq’s strategic targets on the first night.