Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Aviator Says Gulf War Not 'Bloodless'.(New Mexico & The West)

Byline: John J. Lumpkin Journal Staff Writer

Holloman Stealth Pilot Recounts Baghdad Mission

Perhaps the most misunderstood aspect of the Gulf War, says stealth fighter pilot Lt. Col. Philip McDaniel, is the notion that almost nobody was killed.

McDaniel, who flew over the streets of Baghdad the first night of the war, says the video-game aspects of the war, and the low number of U.S. casualties, gave the impression to some that it was a "bloodless" conflict.

"It almost got a rap as a bloodless war," said McDaniel, who is with the stealth fighter wing at Holloman Air Force Base outside of Alamogordo. "All (the public) saw were pictures of buildings blowing up. The view of some is that we had made war more antiseptic than it really is."

Even from his bird's-eye view of the fighting, McDaniel knew it just wasn't so.

"There's people in those buildings," he said during an interview this week. "There's people around them, and people die when you are blowing things up. …

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