May 2013

Cobra Attack: Iraq, 2003

Volume 96, Issue 5

For First Lieutenant Jonathan E. Bidstrup, an AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter pilot assigned to the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 269 "Gun Runners," the weather was the first challenge. The Iraqi counterattack in An Nasiriyah on 23 March 2003 had unfolded just before an unprecedented sandstorm enveloped southern Iraq.

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