MIDDLE EAST: Vital Partner

Building the Cairo connection

In tight formation, the twelve Phantom F-4E jets streaked in low over the Pyramids of Giza, then banked in a sharp descent to land at Cairo West airbase. After a 13-hr, flight from Moody Air Force Base in Georgia, the American fighters were joining a sister squadron of 35 Egyptian Phantoms for three months of joint maneuvers. The training exercises, first to be held by American forces in the Middle East in several years, were a striking symbol of Egypt's emergence as a vital partner of the U.S. in the region.

Since Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's historic peace...

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