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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Twelve B-25s from the 71st "Wolf Pack" Squadron of the 38th "Sunsetters" Bomb Group flew north to an outpost beyond Marilinan to pick up their fighter escort. They circled almost an hour, but no P-38s showed, so they scrubbed the mission and flew home.
The hard-pressed RAF had a rough time handling the Japanese bombers and their fighter escort over Burma.
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.
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. (15) Introduction of the P-51 Mustang as the critical long-range escort fighter enabled US forces to resume bombing raids deep into German airspace and quickly sweep European skies of German aircraft.
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.
bombs, and the two-seater fighter escort. [ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Approximately two-thirds of the pilots in 3 Wing were Canadians and F/S/L Edwards made his first operational sortie (from Ochey) on 3 December, when he took part in a seven-aircraft offensive fighter patrol over enemy lines.