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Commencing Hostilities

Two planes taking off from an aircraft carrier in succession at night
Description: Painting, Watercolor on Paper; by Chip Beck; 1991; Unframed Dimensions 23H X 30W
Accession #: 91-159-H
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An F-14 Tomcat, preceded by 2 A-6 Intruders, launch from USS Ranger as part of the opening strikes against Iraqi targets in Kuwait and Iraq as Operation Desert Storm, the liberation of Kuwait, is ordered by President G.W. Bush at 0200 hours, 17 January 1991.

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  • Art
Wars & Conflicts
  • Persian Gulf War 1990-1991
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