Artwork: Israeli F-15 strike on Tehran on Day 1 of the war on Iran’s nuclear program

Update Mar. 8, 2012, 19.00 GMT

The following drawing, exclusively prepared by Al Clark for The Aviationist, shows how an attack by a formation of F-15Is on a nuclear facility located in downtown Tehran might look like.

Obviously, it is only a fictional scene, however it is quite realistic for an eventual strike on the Tehran Nuclear Research Center, that is located not far from the Milad Tower, clearly visible on the background.

Someone might argue that the first and most of strikes would be launched at night. That is true, but it is quite likely that subsequent missions would be flown during daylight conditions too. Even the surroundings of the Nuclear Research Center are probably a bit different from those depicted, the payload could be different, tanks would be dropped, altitude should be higher and so on, but please take it just as an interesting artwork.

Please note that I’ve used the word “image” because it is not a drawing, nor a rendering or a photo. It is a Computer Generated Imagery (CGI).

Image by Al Clark for The Aviationist

About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.


  1. I think a day strike is possible, it has it’s own element of surprise. Pretty much everyone expects a night attack, a day time first strike might actually work better for the Israelis. One could expect the Iranians to be somewhat more relaxed during day time. Second and third strike would be night attacks IMO.

    I agree with Gaston that the package seems a bit low.

  2. David and I are making an effort to bring concepts to visual life through mutual creativity and hard work. Aviation conceptual artists have been around since the airplane. I give David alot of credit for thinking outside the box and offering a product that goes above and beyond a little. True conceptual artists are usually limited to the likes of companies like Dassault, Boeing, and Lockheed. Well, now the Aviationist has one and we’ll be bringing you some pretty cool stuff. The artwork is based on projected, possible, scenarios. As with anything, you can’t please everybody all the time. Cheers!

    • Thanks for a very nice artwork. While everyone complains about how unrealistic it is, painting an F-15 at 20,000 ft dropping a paveway does not have the same dramatic effect that is shown in your art.

  3. That is not how downtown Tehran looks like and Tehrans nuclear reactors are not located in downtown Tehran

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