Crisis in Libya
In the next days is very likely that they will relive the scenes drama that took place the night of April 15, 1986, when U.S. Air Force bombed in a surprise air operation to Libya with an objective to kill Muammar Gaddafi.
A bomber F-111F was shot down by fire ZSU-23-4 and its crew (Fernando Riva Larne and Paul) were killed. The Libyan leader escaped literally by chance, when the later Italian Socialist prime minister Bettino Craxi warned him, as revealed later for the upcoming attack by U.S. forces.
The codenamed for the Libyan operation that United States gave, was "El Dorado Canyon" The forces that they were used in general was 37 or 38 fighters and bombers of various types of Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.
A total of 45 aircraft and 300 LGB bombs of 500 lb, involved in that operation.
As a defence Libyan Ground based air defence launced 48 air to air missiles SA-5. Also fired 86 SA-2 Volchov and SA-3 Neva.
During the air attack 45 soldiers were killed including Libyan government officials and 15 civilians. Gaddafi escaped the last seconds before a bomb hit the accommodation.