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by G26ster
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:43 pm
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Topic: Your thoughts
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Re: Your thoughts

howdy wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:36 pm
NAS 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.
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.

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