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strafe

[strāf]
(ordnance)
To rake a body of troops or other persons with gunfire or rocket fire at close range and from a flying aircraft, or to attack a roadway, railyard, factory, or other installation with bullets, projectiles, or rockets fired from a low firing airplane.
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When directed to withdraw from escort duty and engage in strafing attacks, many Mustang pilots were reluctant noting the vulnerability of their engines.
They found overhanging boulder in the rear to find some protection against blazing artillery fire and strafing aircrafts.
The Dauntlesses attacked a small convoy of ships, and the accompanying Wildcats made another strafing run.
On such bomb and strafe missions it was the practice, after bombing, to form a strafing circle, each machine in turn attacking in a dive, the pilot firing his two fixed wing guns (0.
Jarheads scream in anticipation of the helicopters' strafing of the seaside village: "Shoot the motherfuckers," yells Gyllenhaal's Swofford.
With air power, sighting the enemy soon progressed to strafing and bombing them, and air power grew from a force enhancer to a force deliverer.
There was a flag displayed, but it was likely shot away on the Mirages' first strafing run and could not have been seen by fast-flying jet pilots.
With the North Korean Air Force only a couple minutes on afterburner away from a strafing run on the capitol, they think it's a good idea.
I was looking forward to a quick coordination brief, some great bombing and strafing, maybe a fly-by, an OK 3-wire, and taco Tuesday for chow.
She told me a Japanese plane was strafing, and as she rushed under a truck for protection, she bumped helmets with the man who would be her future husband
was WIA at Suwon Airstrip on June 28 in a YAK-9 aircraft strafing, making him the first.
All live fire bombing and strafing training will be completely suspended for five days from Saturday," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.