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
Michael L. Barr
Mike Barr is “One of the nation’s most quoted experts on air disasters, Barr recognizes the media fascination with airplane crashes – and he embraces it. In fact, one of his program’s courses focuses on the proper response to air crashes, including dealing with reporters. Students practice answering tough questions from a media professional while a video camera records them.”(1)
LtCol Mike Barr is a Command Pilot. From 1985-2015 Mike became part of the faculty of the University of Southern California as a Senior Instructor in their Continuing Education Program.
He was also a USC Viterbi School of Engineering Instructor and from 1993-2005 the Director of the USC Aviation Safety Program.
‘Mr. Barr was an Air Force Master Instructor pilot and an F-100 combat fighter pilot. He flew 137 combat missions in The Republic of Vietnam where he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism with combat ‘V’, Air Medals (7). He has the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Air Force Commendation Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal and Presidential Unit Citation (2) with combat ‘V’ plus other awards.
Michael Barr is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a BS in Engineering.
He was awarded a MA in Human Relations from Webster College of St. Louis, Missouri.
He is a graduate of the U.S.C. Flight Safety Officers and Advanced Safety Management courses. He holds a commercial pilot certificate and is a member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators.’ (1)
(1) Article in USC News, “Old Fighter Pilots Don’t Fade Away, They Teach Aviation Safety”, by Bob Calverley, January 8, 2001. For the rest of the story go to https://news.usc.edu/6203/Old-Fighter-Pilots-Don-t-Fade-Away-They-Teach-Aviation-Safety/