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Selling Price: $385 - Postage in the U.S.A. is: $5
ORIG! ELMER FUDD "QUIET - WERE HUNTING I-WACKIS" PATCH
ONE OF THE HOTTEST AND RAREST SOUGHT AFTER PATCHES OF THE FIRST GULF WAR!
TAKEN OFF A CWU-45/P FLIGHT JACKET FROM A CREWMAN IN THE SARATOGA! This one is very, very original. Guaranteed FOREVER! Way too cool!

The plain truth is; THIS PATCH WAS CARRIED ON THE USS SARATOGA, DURING THE CRUISE, DURING COMBAT, DURING THE WAR - PERIOD!

FOUR INCHES ACROSS!

As for History! Saratoga departed Mayport for her 20th deployment on 7 August 1990, just days after Iraqi tanks invaded Kuwait. Saratoga and Carrier Air Wing 17 rapidly crossed the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and transited the Suez Canal on 22 August to take up station in the Red Sea.

In the early morning hours of 17 January 1991, Operation Desert Shield became Operation Desert Storm. On "D-Day" four Navy Hornets from VFA-81, embarked in Saratoga, were on a bombing mission targeted against an Iraqi airfield when they detected two Iraqi MiG-21s seven miles away. They switched their F/A18 strike-fighters from bombing profile to air-to-air, and downed both aircraft using Sidewinder missiles. They then continued their mission and scored direct hits on the enemy airfield. That encounter produced the Navy's only air-to-air kills.

However, on 17 January, Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher, flying an F/A-18C Hornet of VFA-81 aboard Saratoga, was shot down by an Iraqi surface-to-air missile, the first U.S. casualty of the Gulf War. It was later determined that he had, like his squadron commander said, been knocked from the sky by a MiG-25.

On 21 January 1991, an F-14 Tomcat of VF-103 aboard Saratoga, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. Pilot Lt. Devon Jones and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Lawrence Slade were reported missing. Lt. Jones was recovered the following day, but Lt. Slade was captured as a prisoner of war.

Flying on 30 January, all 18 F/A-18s aboard Saratoga delivered 100,000 pounds of MK-83 1,000-lb. bombs on Iraqi position in occupied Kuwait. This was the largest amount of bomb tonnage carried on a single mission.

Saratoga departed the Gulf 11 March 1991. After seven months and 21 days, 11,700 arrested landings, 12,700 sorties flown, 36,382 miles traveled and a record six Suez Canal transits, Saratoga returned home 28 March to a hero's welcome.



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