U.S. aircraft losses WAR IN THE GULF

March 03, 1991

* The United States lost 27 airplanes and five helicopters in combat during Operation Desert Storm.

Non-combat causes, including mechanical problems, damaged or destroyed eight airplanes and 14 helicopters.

* At least 33 crew members died in these incidents.

The nine confirmed U.S. prisoners taken by Iraq were downed pilots or aircraft crew members.

Most aircraft lost in combat were designed for close support of ground troops or for challenging tanks.

Several reconnaissance and observation airplanes and helicopters also were lost.

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COMBAT LOSSES

Airplanes

Number lost/type Service

5 A-10 Thunderbolts Air Force

5 F-16 Falcons Air Force

4 A-6 Intruders Navy

4 AV-8B Harriers Marines

2 F-15E Eagles Air Force

2 F/A-18 Hornets Navy

2 OV-10 Broncos Marines

1 AC 130 Hercules Air Force

1 F-14 Tomcat Navy

1 F-4G Wild Weasel Air Force

Helicopters

Number lost/type Service

2 UH-60 Blackhawks Army

1 AH-64 Apache Army

1 OH-58 Kiowa Army

1 UH-1V Huey Army

NON-COMBAT LOSSES

Airplanes

Number lost/type Service

2 F-16C Falcon Air Force

1 OV-1D Mohawk Army

1 A-6 Intruder Navy

1 AV-8B Harrier Marines

1 B-52 Stratofortress Air Force

1 EF-111 Raven Air Force

1 F/A-18 Hornet Navy

Helicopters

Number lost/type Service

3 AH-1 Cobras Army

2 UH-1 Hueys Army

2 UH-60 Blackhawks Army

1 AH-1J Cobra Marines

1 AH-64 Apache Army

1 CH-46 Sea Knight Marines

1 CH-46 Sea Knight Navy

1 OH-58 Kiowa Army

1 SH-60 Sea Hawk Navy

1 UH-1 Huey Marines

In addition to aircraft lost during the war, there were several non-combat crashes before Jan. 17 during Operation Desert Shield. Many involved fatalities.

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