air umbrella

air umbrella

Airborne aircraft that provide continuous protective cover above other aircraft, over surface forces, or over a position for a given period of time.
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BAGHDAD / NINA / Ministry of Defense announced that the Air forces start implementation of nocturnal sorties operations in Anbar to secure air umbrella for one of the units of the ground forces.
The actual landings, which involved the use of 4,000 ships, with several thousand smaller craft, were made under cover of the most gigantic air umbrella ever seen.
The 10-person Discover Oman team has distributed 900 Oman Air umbrellas a number that might have a lot to do with the torrents of rain that the low-pressure systems rolling in from the North Atlantic have dropped on Le Havre
The 10-person "Discover Oman" team has distributed 900 Oman Air umbrellas -- a number that might have much to do with the torrents of rain that the low-pressure systems rolling in from the North Atlantic have dropped on Le Havre.