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

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