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The 3M9M is radio-command guided. They must keep Vasily locked as the missile flies. He frantically manuevers as I call encouragement to him. The first SAM, he beams. It cannot match his flight-path and finally falls short.

"Keep it up, two! Target in sight, in hot!" “Keep it up, two! Target in sight, in hot!”
Another SAM in the air. “Roger. Missile launch, two o’clock. Going defensive.”Another SAM in the air.
I see it blast off its tracked launcher through my HUD as I concentrate on the bomb-run. I see it blast off its tracked launcher through my HUD as I concentrate on the bomb-run.Behind me, Vasily ducks over a ridge-line, foiling the lock again as I close, at an oblique angle with the airfield.
"Pickle!" I am too low to maintain the “NP” drop-cue. I will have to bunt the nose just before target and hold it long enough to stabilize. It is a procedure fraught with risk. I may pitch long. But it is the only way. If I ascend, I will be the SAM’s next target.“Pickle!”I ram the throttles into their stops as the bomblets drop free…
I pull a six-g turn to put my nose into position for a rocket run, ignoring bright yellow tracer from the Shilka gun. … and afterburn my way across the target just as a third missile launches beneath me. I hold my breath and pull back on the stick as the MiG claws for the sky.I pull a six-g turn to put my nose into position for a rocket run, ignoring bright yellow tracer from the Shilka gun.Did I get him?

Did I get him?

My SPO-15 blares defeat at me, and drops silent, as Vasily calls out “SAM launch, four o’clock. Going defensive.”

“I missed him!”

“Roger. Running in.”

Vasily is lining up for a rocket strike as well. I must stop the SAM from firing a fifth time. Vasily is vulnerable, as am I now. The SAM cannot fire at us both.

The SAM cannot fire at us both.

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