A LOMAC Mission Report: The Nuclear Option Page 7

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Phosphorous tracer sprays around the cockpit. I force down the lump in my throat-I do not want to again be shot down. But this is getting back upon my horse, yes?

Again, I duel the Sheikh’s men.

“711, off to the southeast. Two, have a care. Triple-A close.”

Vasily is finishing off the S-300 system. Vasily is finishing off the S-300 system. He fires both of his Kh-29L missiles, destroying the remaining launcher vehicles. But he is too close to the Shilkas!
In my mirrors, I see him go vertical... In my mirrors, I see him go vertical, as he calls that he is defensive against the guns. Tracer all around him, Vasily tries to evade.
...trying to track me through the smoke and flames. “I’m hit! One, I’m hit…”

“712, report damage! Vasily, what is your status?”

“I am operational, lead, but I have little rudder authority.”

“712, cleared out of the target area! Divert to Gudauta!”

I call to the Georgians… “414, 711. Abort your mission. 712 is hit. I am winchester air to ground.”

But the Georgian flight leader refuses! He continues the attack with his wingman, strafing the fuel storage bins! They wish to avenge their fallen comrade, but they will sacrifice themselves in the process.

The Georgian flight leader continues the attack with his wingman, strafing the fuel storage bins!

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