Fist Crushing a U.S. Fighter Plane

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Fist Crushing a U.S. Fighter Plane Sculpture
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LocationLibya Edit this at Wikidata

The Fist Crushing a U.S. Fighter Plane Sculpture is a gold-coloured[timeframe?] monument located in Misrata, Libya. It was once located at the Bab al-Azizia compound in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. The sculpture was commissioned by the nation's leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi following the 1986 bombing of Libya by United States aircraft.[1] It was built in the shape of an arm and hand squeezing a fighter plane. It may have also been symbolizing the apparent downing of an F-111 by Libyan anti-air units in the 1986 bombing.

During the 2011 Libyan civil war, the sculpture was frequently noted in media coverage of televised speeches given by Gaddafi on 22 February and 20 March 2011, in which he vowed to "die a martyr" to prevent anti-government rebels prevailing.[2]

On 23 August, at the height of the Battle of Tripoli, NTC rebels breached the Bab al-Azizia compound and international news stations broadcast pictures of rebels gathered around the statue, with one fighter having climbed onto it.[3] Graffiti had been drawn on its base by rebel forces. At some point in time, the U.S. flag and initials U.S.A. had been removed from the representation of the plane.

It is now in the Misrata War Museum.[4]


  1. ^ Corey Sobel. Fist Crushing U.S. Fighter Plane. Esquire, February 16, 2008
  2. ^ Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi vows to 'die as a martyr' . The National, February 23, 2011
  3. ^ Rebels Storm Qaddafi Compound The New York Times, August 23, 2011. Accessed: 2011-08-23.
  4. ^ "Looking out from the Misrata War Memorial Museum, Libya (Photo)". Informed Comment. 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2017-11-15.

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