Photo reconnaissance is not the same thing as a bombing run.
But Iraqi planes did very few deep bombing runs and little close air support of its troops.
The planes, which appear to be F-16's, usually make one pass over a target and then return for a bombing run.
The picture is much bigger than a "3 minute" bombing run.
The following morning, 31 December, an enemy aircraft came in on a bombing run.
The third would be a bombing run, probably by the younger opponents.
Other former officials say fewer bombing runs would be needed.
This was a second bombing run, sure as anything, in case they missed the first time.
Sometimes, though, they can be hard to see during the daylight on a 400-knot bombing run.
If Mike, who apparently didn't care, was the only one on board they'd have taken off like a fighter climbing out of a bombing run.