US MARINE PILOT CHECKS HIS HARRIER BEFORE TAKE OFF ON THE USS PELELIU.
A U.S. Marine pilot checks his Harrier attack plane before take off on
the flight deck of the USS Peleliu amphibious assault ship in the
Arabian Sea for a mission over Afghanistan November 3, 2001. Three
Harriers attacked command and control centers in southern Afghanistan
and returned safely. Marine pilots flew their first bombing raids over
Afghanistan on Saturday, marking the first time Harrier jump jets from
the USS Peleliu have taken part in Operation Enduring Freedom.