Lt. JC ... Cowboy 11 ... Mission number 1024 alpha ... Two MK84s ... Two AIM-9s ... Two AIM-120s ... Take off time is 0910 ... Date is 12Jul10 ... Tail number is 582.
The environment is low threat for the mighty Vipers, yet the lack of a supporting SEAD package is worrisome. Latest intelligence indicates that a full fledged SA-6 battery has arrived to the border between Serbia and Albania. We can only hope we make it to the target before the Serbs assemble their air defenses.
As for the sortie I am to lead, all we have is some coordinates provided by the Albanian military intelligence. Our mission is to "scare by fire" the Serbs stationed near Babine.
|Flight plan. Primary area for interdiction is near waypoint 3.|
|Take off from Brindisi airport.|
|Holding pattern, waiting for the rest of the flight to join. The city in the background is Brindisi.|
|Climbing to 30,000 feet, in route to waypoint 2.|
|Trying to get into formation over the Adriatic proved to be a bit problematic. That's my wingman trying to get into his station. The coast of Albania is already visible in the far background.|
|We are entering Albanian airspace, time for a fence check.|
|A view to a kill. The valley where I have my radar lock and the other valley where I detected ground vehicles moving. My RWR is silent, but it may all be a ruse.|
|A bit of battle damage assessment, all I can see is smoke. I clear all the flight for their bombing runs. Weapons free!|
|The entire flight has dropped weapons and we are now leaving the target area.|
|Landing at Brindisi airport was tricky as hell due to foggy conditions. Thank goodness for the ILS.|
|Taxiing towards the military section of the airport.|
Great, enjoyable mission. Mission was a partial success: I destroyed a BTR and damaged another. The other members of the flight were less lucky (3 damaged BTRs in total).