So it's 1115 on 2 Feb 1990, Day 2 of the War of Liberation, and CLA aircraft have flown several sorties over Cuba this morning without contact. However, a flight of fighter bombers is inbound to strike military targets near Havana when Castro-regime fighters are spotted. Boxcar 01 and 04 are flying escort and are diverted to intercept.
Things are looking grim: we started off in great tactical position, but couldn't find the bad guys. Now one bird is down and the other has TWO MiGs on his tail...
Boxcar 04 is now low and slow, but he's pointed in the right direction. What he needs to do is pick up speed and exit the arena, live to fight another day, but he's got to be quicker on the stick than the Communist pilots.
But before any of that can occur, Boxcar 04 is able to pick up speed and depart the field of battle. The Castro-regime pilots immediately roll to the CLA Air-Guard channel (which is in the clear, not encrypted or freq-hopping) and begin cat-calling him ;)
Well damn, that didn't go as planned. But damn are the rules working like a champ! The game was quick and fun, with much of the drama rolling around the spotting aspect, which immediately put the CLA pilots at a disadvantage they just couldn't overcome, particularly given Cool Hand Raoul's (Red 01) marksmanship.
Thus the first fight of Day 2 goes 0-1 to the bad guys, bringing the total tally to 8-5. Next up is the second fight of Day 2, so stand by.