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Iron Hand

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

A weasel, nicknamed Willie, figures prominently in many official and unofficial Wild Weasel patches and logos. (U.S. Air Force)

After the U.S. Navy lost its first aircraft to an SA-2 in August 1965, it began reprisal attacks called Operation Iron Hand against SAM sites. Iron Hand later became a generic term for U.S. missions to destroy enemy surface-to-air defenses.

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In accordance with the updated guidance released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense (DoD) and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will require all visitors to wear face masks indoors effective July 30, 2021 until further notice.

Visitors ages three and up will be required to wear masks while indoors at the museum. This policy applies to all visitors, staff and volunteers regardless of vaccination status. Visitors may wear their own masks or a free paper mask will be provided. Cloth masks will also be available for purchase in the Museum Store.
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