Alright well, let’s see how well I can chronicle my progress in “Uncle Mark’s Tutorials #2 - English Jets over Uganda, 1973” before I go to bed.
Seems simple enough. The Blue Square in the bottom right is “Moi Air Base”, my home on loan from the Kenyans near Nairobi. I’m tasked with schwacking hostile elements located in Entebbe, Uganda (the red square) approximately 270nm away. Catch is, Entebbe is full of civilians and the soft targets they enjoy residing in, so this is going to require some subtlety.
Let’s have a look at what I have.
Alright, Buccaneers, Phantoms, and Lightnings I can work with. The Shackleton however…
This miserable bomber convert has a radar with a 200 nautical mile range, which is something of a poor excuse for an AWACS. Whatever, it’ll have to do. Better than the fighters going in blind.
First thing’s first- let’s send out an AWACS with a BARCAP in front to dissuade anyone feeling whatever the Ugandan equivalent of Cheeki Breeki is. According to the database our Electric lightnings have a 15 minute loiter at 350 nm CAP. We’ll be deploying this first wave quite a bit shallower than that, so they should have some time to hang around and pick a fight. While we have Phantoms at our disposal which are a decent bit more potent, half are equipped for air-to-ground, and the other half I’d like to hang on to in case of a dire situation.
Some quick fligh tplanning later and we’re off to the races. The Lightnings will lead the AWACS by approximately 4 minutes. In a short while, AWACS “Sugar 1” and Lion flight are en route!
Before the CAP and AWACS can even reach their areas of operation, we have a few bogies detected in the neighboring country of Tanzania. CMANO does model things like civilian air traffic, so I’m wary of wasting fuel on burning over to investigate what may easily turn out to be airliners. I decide to risk it and leave the contacts as they are.
A few more minutes into the flight we encounter our first Ugandan Bogey. Lion flight speeds over to investigate. Not wanting to have an international incident on my hands, I elect for visual ID before any engagements can happen.
Drama swiftly unfolds after the AWACS looms closer though.
Apparently the Ugandans knew a war was coming on and as such prepared. The bastards. Lion flight, demonstrating my undisputed mastery of CMANO’s interface, decides to split up in the face of several unknown contacts, a professional strategy employed by fighter pilots of many nations. (Weeps desperately)
Lion 1 screams towards the merge looking for a visual ID, declaring, in the words of the great warrior poet Little Wayne, “Show me my opponent.”
This might be a blessing in disguise. The standard Ugandan fighter, the MiG-21, can really throw a Lightning around up-close and personal. BUT, the Lightning possesses superior BVR capabilities, and, to boot, should be faster. Lion 2 might just be in an ideal location to set up a chainsaw.
“LION ONE MERGED, LEFT TURN, ANGELS THREE SIX.”
I quickly demand Lion 2 investigate. After a few seconds the truth becomes apparent.
Lion One and the Bogey pulled a flippin’ War Thunder Arcade Mode head-on, the morons.
I pull Lion Two back into the designated patrol area while I sulk and figure out my next move, and go to bed.
MORE TO COME SOON!