I will not mention the flight back to Guadata, it was uneventful. But as I flew to Guadata, I realized in my attack phase, I only faced one threat. There were no other AAA systems to engage me, nor those infernal hand held Iglas that is common in this area. Perhaps I will not be so lucky next time. But then again, I have a feeling that I will still survive. However I will mention my approach to the airfield. It was another incident I would like to recount. When I was clearing the mountain range, just south of Guadata my aircraft was being locked up. The KUB gunners were looking for a piece of meat, but I am not a morsel they can swallow.
Continuing on, I found a break in the mountains, as previously a minute before I was covered by mountains. Then the bastard fired on me! I had selected my weapons systems just in case. I must be careful near the center of the action. I did not hesitate too much, only to decide if I was going to fire my last Kh-31p. As you can see, I had no compunction. The filthy chekists!
I wheeled my aircraft down to break radar lock. You must perform such a maneuver in order to survive. I may be experienced, but I do not waste my time with such systems bent on my destruction. I hunt, not them.
I was thinking I had hit the KUB there, but instead I had only destroyed the HAWK. What a waste. Still it is necessary in the reduction of enemy surface-to-air missile systems. Flying the skies does become friendlier nyet? Seeing a true ILS approach would probably get me shot down, I instead bled off speed with the airbrake, and put the throttle to idle. The Su-27K is one aircraft that I feel confident in, and this aircraft does not have a problem in slowing down. Sometimes. With the constant lock on, I was only waiting for the missile launch tone.
Then I would really have to fly to Sochi-Adler! I guided the aircraft, calling the tower. Those fools! they think I will go up to two thousand meters! The IFF system was operative, or they would have shot me down already. Dropping the flaps, then the landing gear, I did a ‘Visual Flight Rules’ approach to the runway, and as graceful as the aircraft shape, I landed perfectly. As soon as the nosewheel touched the pavement, I applied the brakes evenly, so as not to collapse it. If there is one thing, the jolt is less due to it’s heaviness. The aircraft slowed to a stop, and the controller has the nerve to tell me to move! I swore at him as I did comply. I taxied to the nearest hangar. Once I shut down, the ground crew swarming over the aircraft. I told the chief fueler that I was only here to refuel, then head back to Sochi-Adler, and could I use the phone?
I called Major Grachev immediately, his voice concerned. “Leitenant, are you all right?”
“Yes Comrade Major, the delivery to the special personnel has been made.”
We did this just in case of situations like this, like spies or conspirators. It was confirmation, the gun camera would verify it. I made sure no one would take that here.
“I am refueling, and will be at your house within the hour.”
“Good Leitenant, make sure you bring the videos.”
I smiled. Of course I will, I am the hunter.
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A note from Eric: Due to various issues, I had to redo the track.
However the story is pretty much correct to the storyline.
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