Fighter Patrol

Fighter Patrol

 

a flight of fighter planes (subunits) over a specific region with the goal of intercepting and destroying enemy airplanes and unpiloted means of enemy air attack on routes of approach to covered troops or objectives. Interception from fighter patrol position is the most reliable method of combat action, especially against fast, low-flying aerial targets; however, it requires the employment of a large number of fighter aircraft, since planes in a fighter patrol are echeloned in altitude and in depth. In the USSR and a number of other countries, a fighter patrol is more often called fighter plane air alert patrol.

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On August 10, Hank Burden of Toronto led a fighter patrol west of Bray and encountered six enemy scouts.
On the third day of the offensive, Hank Burden led a fighter patrol west of Bray and encountered six enemy.
An opposition fighter patrols through an abandoned building in Syria's Deir Ezzor on 22 October 2013 (AFP Photo)
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Although this concept ended in disaster on the ground, Trenchard tried to adapt it to the air war over the Somme and organized long-distance fighter patrols into enemy territory.