Back in the mid '70s, all low level flying tactics for airplanes and helicopters transitioned to NOE (Nap of the Earth). The main reason was the Soviet ZSU-23-4. A radar guided 4 barrel 23mm cannon, that could lock on 4 targets simultaneously and in engage all 4 in something like 9 seconds. It was designed to protect Soviet armor from air attack. In attack helicopters, we transitioned from diving fire of the RVN days, to scooting NOE a few feet off the terrain, to a holding position masked by terrain then popping up in a direction called in by the scout helicopter and firing a missile in that direction to intercept the beam on target by the scout. Getting to holding positions was lots of fun, but waiting there and firing was ho-hum compared to diving fire in RVN.howdy wrote: ↑Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:36 pmNAS Dallas had both a Navy and Marine F-4 squadron and Carswell had an ANG F-4 squadron. The low level routes were all marked and we would file the route on our flight plan. After take-off, we would sometimes get "dislocated" and go where we wanted to go. You would never shoot unless you were on a range. The falling brass would kill someone if it hit them.
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