Desert Storm Weasels with George “John Boy” Walton


Welcome to the 25th episode of the Lessons from the Cockpit show!

Colonel George “John Boy” Walton and his four-ship of F-4G Advanced Wild Weasels pulled up to my KC-135 on the opening night of Operation Desert Storm thirty-one years ago. He explains the Weasel mission and what the 12-ship of Weasels he was leading was tasked to do at 3 am near Baghdad: poke the eyes out of Saddam Hussein’s air defenses. You always knew when the Weasels were coming to your tanker… they used BEER callsigns like COORS, LONESTAR, and MICHELOB!

A print of John Boy Walton’s F-4G Wild Weasel COORS 31 from the opening night of Desert Storm for the walls of your home, office, or hanger is available from our sponsor Wall Pilot.

A print of the EF-111A Spark Vark DRILL 71 jamming plane which flew with Colonel Walton’s COORS 31-34 flight on the opening night of Desert Storm is also available from Wall Pilot.

A print of a 27th Tac Fighter Squadron F-15C protecting John Boy Walton’s Weasel package from Iraqi Air Force Migs and Mirage F1s is also available from Wall Pilot.

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