general goldfein shot down

"It was a full-moon night. On 2 May 1999, Pilot Lt. Col. David Goldfein’s F-16 fighter jets was shot down over western Serbia by an S-125 surface-to-air missile fired by the 3rd Battery of the 250th Air Defense Missile Brigade of the Yugoslav Air Force. Before he was the Air Force's chief of staff, then-Lt. Col. Dave Goldfein was an F-16 squadron commander in Operation Allied Force. This is that story. It was hit with a missile on March 27, 1999. "That's when your training kicks in," said Goldfein, one of two pilots shot down in the operation. The bravery of a small group of airmen saved the life of Gen. Goldfein, who, 17 years later, would be nominated to lead the Air Force.

The pilot, Lt. Col. Dale Zelko, also survived and later befriended the man who shot his aircraft down, according to the BBC. Goldfein said the same Serb who shot down Lt. Col. Dale Zelko’s F-117A Nighthawk the fourth night of the campaign also shot him down, with the same skillfully jury-rigged SAM battery. On May 2, 1999, he was shot down. You don't want to be highlighted (in the sky) too long." "It was a full-moon night.

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