So it's 1415 on 1 Feb 1990, and CLA aircraft are winging towards Castro's Cuba from secret airfields in *REDACTED*, in support of CLA ground forces which have landed via parachute or amphibious assault. There have been several sorties flown between with no contact, but six hours ago, Blackjack flight engaged four MiG-21s of the Castro regime's air force, knocking three of them from the sky without losing any aircraft. Two hours prior to that, Boxcar flight tangled with four MiG-21s, with each side losing two aircraft in a fierce dogfight. CLA Air Force aircraft continue to execute near continuous sorties against ground targets, zooming in, bombing command and control centers, radar sites, grounded aircraft and their support facilities, moored ships and their port facilities, artillery and tank parks, ammunition and fuel storage, anti-aircraft sites, etc..., then heading back to rearm and refuel, then get back in the fight. Castro's Air Force has managed to put another four MiG-21s into the air, and so Bruiser flight, consisting of four F-4 Phantoms, is vectored in to intercept the interceptors.
In the east, the Castro MiG-21s, two pairs of MiG-21s. From left to right, Red 04 and Red 03, at speed 4 altitude 2, and Red 01 and Red 02, at speed 6 altitude 4.
Then I missed a picture (my apologies)... Red 02 slows up and goes nose to nose with Bruiser 02, firing his guns. Bruiser 02 tries evasive but fails, too scared of a mid-air collision! But apparently the Communist pilot was scared too, as his rounds went wide of the mark.
And here I thought I was going to get off scot-free... Of course, once again I committed treason, aiding the enemy by allowing them to perform a fighter maneuver and then fire in the same turn...
All of a sudden the good guys find themselves 2 vs 2, with one of the two (Bruiser 03) out screwing off in the hinterland...
Man, these guys have not had much luck with ejection rolls...
Alright, another fun and exciting fight! I'm very comfortable with the rules at this point (despite the two cases of allowing fighter maneuvers and then firing in the same turn), and I've got my system down in terms of playing, note-taking, and picture taking (despite missing one), so I'm ready to rock. So this is the last fight of Day 1 of the War of Liberation, and, as such, is the last of the 'even up' fights, where it's four F-4s vs four MiG-21s, coming straight on at each other from opposite sides. From here on out it will all be randomized: number of aircraft in the engagement, speeds, altitude, and entry location. Also, I am adding in some spotting rules, so that will factor into the fight as well. You may think that's odd, and sure, I suppose it is in terms of modern-era aircraft with radar, particularly operating at dogfighting range, but give me a break, I'm looking to play a fun game! So, all those factors will be randomized, and then they'll have to deal with spotting too.
With regards to the game, wow! A total of five aircraft were shot down, and every single pilot was lost. I'm not sure how many days we'll be able to keep this up! The stats at the end of Day 1 are:
CLAF Kills: 8
Castro Regime Kills: 4
So not too bad, we'll see if we can keep this going. Next fight coming right up.