The Metal War Cloud over LibyaS

Libya's air power is destroyed. Its ground power is (largely) blasted. All because of a persistent storm of aircraft enforcing a strict no-fly zone—planes like this French Super Etendard fighter, dumping a plume of fuel across the sun.

The nearly 40 year-old design is just one of many standing watch over Libya—a Libya that's still nominally in the grasp of Muammar Gaddafi, despite an ostensibly overwhelming western air power. [via The Atlantic]

AP Photo/Christophe Ena