|Time of take off: 2300. Flight: 1 Mig-21 piloted by Col. Nudler. Mission: destroy the Saarbruecken bridge in order to disrupt demonstrations in Tiblisi. Loadout: S24B rockets.|
|Support: 1 Mi-8 helicopter armed with S-80M illumination rockets.|
|Nudler trimmed his Mig-21 for a relatively low speed and scanned frantically the city below for the illumination rocket to go off. With great relief, he spotted the intense circle of light at his 10 o'clock low.|
|Each illumination rocket has a burning time of 35 seconds and there were intermissions between the burning time of each round. Nudler was very aware that these intermissions would have an impact in target acquisition and weapons delivery.|
|A quick battle damage assessment revealed not a single dent in the bridge or the road leading into it. Just two craters on the banks of the river.|
|Winchester and with a target still alive, the one bird flight of Col. Nudler returns to Vaziani and lands with that wavy approach that always pisses off the control tower personnel.|
But tonight, he had a big grin on his face.