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Bullseye One Reactor Hardcover – March, 1987
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BULLSEYE - ONE REACTOR tells the story about the Iraqi attempt to develop the first Arab nuclear bomb. At first, the Israeli government tried to intense political pressure to that countries, who supported Iraq with nuclear equipment and know-how. As the Israeli Primeminister Begin saw, that his warnings didn't have any effect, he took into consideration of making a surprise air attack to destroy the Iraqi reactor. But Begin and his small group of advisors had to solve many problems like: when is the last chance to destroy the reactor befort it is 'hot', what kind of aircraft is best for the 2.000 km (1.200 miles) flight to Baghdad and back home, what is the best way to fly hidden from the radars, how can the Israeli airforce brake through the shield of AAA (Anti Aircraft Armament) batteries and SAM (Surface to air missile) sites, and how can they avoid an Iraqi air attack.
As the last political attempt of Israel failed to stop the making of the Iraqi nuclear reactor, Israel carried out its air attack with F-15 and F-16 aircraft successfully on June 7, 1981 without any losses.
The whole world condemned that brutal attack. (But after the Gulf war of 1991, everyone was happy, that Iraq didn't have the nuclear bomb.)
For those reader's interested in filling in the story of the political maneuvering leading up to the raid, I can recommend Shlomo Nakdimon's "First Strike". For those readers interested in reading more accounts of the Israeli air force in action, I can recommend Peter Mersky's "Israeli Fighter Aces" for a collection of first hand accounts, or Ehud Yonai's "No Margin for Error" for a complete history of the Cheyl HaAvir.
Dan McKinnon's work still stands out, however, as among the most spellbinding of stories. I would rate it as a must-read for any student of either Israeli military history, or of air warfare in general.