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Pre-delivery photograph of three Meteor F.Mk 8s in Syrian markings. Photo via Tom Cooper

How Fighter Pilots Made Modern Syria

Hafez Al Assad was an aviator before he was a regime leader

War Is Boring
Jan 23, 2017 · 8 min read
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The SyAAF’s first fighter, this T-6 Texan — former serial 44 — survived long enough to be exhibited at the former Military Museum of Damascus. Tom Cooper photo
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A famous 1954 photograph showing Hafez Al Assad in the background, leaning on the cockpit frame, together with other cadets from his class — all of them posing with a Fiat G.46B trainer. Dr. David Nicolle Collection
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Hafez Al Assad in the uniform of a lieutenant general of the SyAAF in 1966 or 1967. Photo via Tom Cooper
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A row of MiG-17PFs of No. 31 Squadron UARAF in 1959. Notable is that all aircraft were decorated by that unit’s ‘crowbat’ insignia. Nour Bardai Collection
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War Is Boring

From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics…

War Is Boring

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We go to war so you don’t have to

War Is Boring

From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics, exploring how and why we fight above, on and below an angry world

War Is Boring

Written by

We go to war so you don’t have to

War Is Boring

From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics, exploring how and why we fight above, on and below an angry world

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