29 January 1991 – An American F-15C shot down an IRAF MiG-23 fleeing to Iran with an AIM-7 missile. “During the Air War over Iraq, the mighty Eagle proved to be a very robust airframe, bringing back its pilots after suffering serious damages. After the first ten days of the first Gulf Air War, to
Antone S. Bulat
“You only have those rights you are willing to fight for, and if you don’t know your rights….you don’t have any!” – Antone Bulat
Tony “entered pilot training in Laredo, Texas, and began his flying career in the T-38. He was later assigned to Luke AFB, Arizona, and completed training in the F-100 Super Sabre. Following a tour in Vietnam at Tue Hoa AFB, he was assigned to England AFB, Alexandria, La. He eventually transitioned into the A-7 and was later stationed at Nellis and Davis-Monthan AFBs.
One of his last assignments was in the 4450th squadron at Nellis where he was involved in the Stealth Fighter program, which was then top secret. He was always proud of his twenty-year military career in which he was able to fly single-seat, single-engine jet aircraft and get paid to do it.
He retired in January of 1988 with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was a holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with 8 oak leaf clusters and several other medals too numerous to mention.” (1)
(1) Published in Rapid City Journal on Jan. 5, 2010.