Revisiting the 1981 Israeli Raid on an Iraqi Nuclear Power Plant
Like a bolt out of the Old Testament, they hurtled at Baghdad out of the setting sun. Nearing their target, six F-15 interceptors camouflaged with the desert mottle of the Israeli Air Force peeled off to keep guard overhead. Eight F-16 fighter-bombers roared down on the concrete dome of the Osirak nuclear reactor. In a single series of lightening passes, the little fighters dropped their payload of 2,000-pound bombs. Within two minutes they disappeared cleanly into the gathering darkness, leaving behind a few puffs of flak- and a fearsome new turn in a dangerous nuclear game.
Newsweek June 22, 1981