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originally posted by: nwtrucker
a reply to: Zaphod58
That 38 was a real event. I was at the Abbotsford int'l Airshow that year visiting with a F-15 driver who was down from Elmendorf for the air show.
He said the 22 has just gunned the 38's wingman and was still experiencing his orgasm. The wingman was above and to the right of the 22, slightly behind. He dropped in on the 22's 6 and gunned him!!
Much trash talk and red faces that day!
people realized just how quickly the combination of the agile R-73 missile and a helmet-mounted sight could decide a fight.
pointed to a complex long-range air battle as a result of better radar and active-radar-homing missiles, with fighters shooting and then “cranking” to avoid return fire.
Now, the F-35 team has declared maneuvering irrelevant because (in their opinion ) a close-range fight is mutual suicide.