fighter cover


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fighter cover

The maintenance of a number of fighter aircraft over a specified area or force for the purpose of repelling hostile air activities. See also airborne alert; cover.
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Curran was a member of the 460th Fighter Squadron, an elite unit that supported MacArthur's moves with minimal advance notice in order to provide fighter cover immediately following establishment of a landing area.
No 96 Squadron served in a variety of roles such as night fighter cover and transportation.
There would be no fighter cover, there is no aircraft carrier and there are no bases in range.
Fighter cover was requested by Langley, but no fighters could be spared by the hard-pressed Army squadrons on Java.
He also asks for US fighter cover for Indian cities and installations in case of Chinese air attacks spreading to mainland India.
If HMS Ark Royal is scrapped, where will the necessary fighter cover come from?
Bush told Blair that the US had drawn up a provocative plan "to fly U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, painted in UN colours, over Iraq with fighter cover.
Collishaw flew fighter cover in a Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter on a raid to Oberndorf.