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Chuck Horner: Introduction (01:10)


Horner, the son of an Army soldier, was born in Iowa and became fascinated with aeronautics after an airplane ride. He earned a pilot's license through an Air Force ROTC program and made flying a career.

Horner's Early Life (01:55)

Horner was born in 1936 in Davenport, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa, earned his pilot's license through an ROTC program, joined the Air Force, and got married; he completed pilot training in 1959. Horner received jet fighter training overseas.

Vietnam Conflict (02:37)

In 1965, America was entrenched in the conflict. Horner wanted an assignment in the bombing campaign to gain aerial combat experience; he recalls his first mission in North Vietnam. Horner returned to the U.S. to train combat pilots.

Fighter Aviation (03:24)

Horner returned to combat in May 1967 as part of the Wild Weasel Program. In September, he was assigned to the Fighter Weapon's Center; he helped implement mission elements such as aggressor squadrons, AWACS, and Red Flag. Horner earned the rank of colonel and served in several positions.

Operation Desert Shield (03:35)

In August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait and Saddam Hussein installed the Provisional Free Government. General Normal Schwarzkopf led the U.S. military response; Horner discussed strategic air operations with Schwarzkopf.

Strategic Offensive Air Power (02:56)

Horner and his aids developed an attack plan; air power was the driving strategy for Desert Storm. Horner recalls talking with Schwarzkopf about starting the war; see footage of the bombing campaign.

Real Time Radar Intelligence (03:44)

After 10 days of air strikes, Hussein mobilized three armor infantry divisions; Joint Stars successfully thwarted the plan. In February 1991, Allied Forces began a ground defensive and liberated Kuwait within four days.

Horner's Later Career (02:16)

Horner was promoted to a four star general after Desert Storm and named commander of the Air Force Space Command. In retirement, Horner co-authored a book and continues to fly. He reflects on being of service to his country.

Credits: Legends of Air Power: Chuck Horner (00:29)

Credits: Legends of Air Power: Chuck Horner

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General Charles A. Horner – Vietnam War Veteran and the commander of 9th Air Force at Shaw AFB, SC who took his command to the desert in August of 1990. Chuck Horner commanded the largest, most accurate and effective air war in history. As Air Boss of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, General Horner built an allied air force the likes of which had never been seen before and planned the most devastating month of air attacks ever. The modern air commander, General Horner is a true Legend of Airpower.

Length: 23 minutes

Item#: BVL129009

ISBN: 978-1-64023-376-8

Copyright date: ©1999

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