fighter escort

fighter escort

Fighters detailed to protect other aircraft from hostile aircraft during their mission. The escorts may be tied, meaning that they fly with the formation being escorted, or free, meaning, normally, escorts fly ahead of the strike force. See escort.
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It was one of seven fighter escort groups, four of which flew P-51s and three of which flew P-38s for most of that period.
The Super Hornet is an all-weather strike fighter aircraft that performs fighter escort, fleet air defense, force projection, interdiction, and close air support.
Taxi driver Tayyab Subhani, 30, and restaurant worker Mohammed Safdar, 41, both from Nelson, Lancashire, are charged with endangering a PIA passenger jet PK 709 from Lahore to Manchester which was diverted with an RAF fighter escort to the Stansted Airport, Essex, on Friday.
The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a low observable, multirole aircraft that performs a multitude of missions, including air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, and close air support.
Far from being our country's "best defense" or "greatest glory," the 332nd rated dead last of the four P-51 fighter escort groups of the Fifteenth Air Force.
Its primary missions encompass multiple air-to-air and air-to-ground combat missions, such as fighter escort, fleet air defense, suppression of enemy air defenses, interdiction, close air support and reconnaissance.
14) Losses sustained by the bombers were so great that the Army Air Forces quickly curtailed bombing raids at ranges that prevented fighter escort.
An Emirates spokesperson said that its flights are all operating normally, after a flight from Dubai landed at JFK International Airport on Friday afternoon with a precautionary fighter escort.
The German bombers and their inadequate fighter escort were surprised when they were suddenly pounced upon by these squadrons of Hurricanes and Spitfires, well before the coast of England was in sight.
Regrettably, Iwo Jima proved to be unsuitable as a fighter base, and the numbers of fighter escort missions eventually emanating from Iwo Jima was miniscule.
The Super Hornet is a multi-mission aircraft used for air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defense, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control, and mid-air refueling.