30 Years after Desert Storm: Feb. 4

In commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, Air Force Magazine is posting daily recollections from the six-week war, which expelled Iraq from occupied Kuwait.

Feb. 4:

  • The battleship USS Missouri uses 16-inch guns to pound Iraqi concrete bunkers in Kuwait, part of a plan to deceive Iraqis into expecting a Marine amphibious invasion.
  • U.S. Air Force fighter­-bombers attack major targets at Tikrit, Iraq, Saddam’s home village 90 miles north of Baghdad.
  • Coalition aircraft fly 2,566 sorties, bringing to 43,566 the total for first 19 days of war.

Check out our complete chronology of the Gulf War, starting with Iraq’s July 1990 invasion of Kuwait and running through Iraq’s April 1991 acceptance of peace terms.