After the launch of Operation Desert Storm on 17 January 1991, the US-led coalition forces had first swept the skies of Iraqi aircraft and then, starting on 24 February they launched a ground invasion. They expected to face fierce resistance from the large - at least of paper - Iraqi army. This ground war lasted only 100 hours as the armed forces of Saddam were no match for the modern armies that they faced.
At 8 am on 28 February 1991 the First Gulf War ended with US President George H.W. Bush ordering the US-led forces to cease hostilities as the retreat of Iraqi forces was turning into a bloody rout, with coalition aircraft led by USAF A-10s killing thousands of Iraqi troops and destroying hundreds of tanks in the infamous 'Highway of Death'. Though sporadic fighting would continue into March, 28 February marked the end of combat operations in the war
The photo below shows the US Air Force's 4th Fighter Wing flying over burning Kuwaiti oil wells set alight by the retreating Iraqi forces. The aircraft featured in the photo include a F-16, F-15C, and F15-E.
Image source: Wikipedia
For more on the First Gulf War take a look at ESS 55 - The Gulf War 1991, COM 59 - F-15E Strike Eagle Units in Combat 1990–2005, WAR 140 - US Mechanized Infantryman in the First Gulf War, DUE 18: M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural: Operation Desert Storm 1991 or pre-order DUE 72 - F-15 Eagle versus MiG-23/25: Iraq 1991
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