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Air cover

the use of aircraft to protect ground or naval military operations.
the protection given by such aircraft.
Contemporary Examples

The Iraqis need the American presence, and the American training and air cover, but are too proud and timid to admit it.
Panetta’s Freudian Slip Fouad Ajami July 11, 2011

They had no air cover and their exposed columns were like a fish in a barrel.
How a Real Air War Could Demolish ISIS Clive Irving August 22, 2014

Eleven thousand aircraft would bomb preparation and give them air cover.
Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day James Jones November 14, 2014


the use of aircraft to provide aerial protection for ground forces against enemy air attack
the aircraft used in this

Also called air support


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