Sadly towards the end of the last update one of those MiGs sustained a significant fall from about 7 feet up as it was being angled 'in flight'. Both tails snapped off and also damaged part of the nose with the fall . I effected some repairs and hopefully the wide camera angles in this next update will make the damage less visible.
So far, Four NATO F-15s are flying North to intercept Russian MiG-29s on the tail of a Canadian C-17, working closely with NATO AWACs E-3, also out of Evie, on CAP support and target validation. The MiGs soon pop up on a southwesterly vector putting them on a direct intercept with the strikers. NCTR cockpit indicators confirm the targets to be the MiG-29s. The F-15s flying North at low altitude soon establish visual and start their climb to FL028 as they close in on the MiG-29s
Comms are opened and Russian jets are advised of the NATO intercept with orders to immediatly disengage. But the Fulcrums remain on the C-17
They are reminded of being in international airspace and risk being fired upon...The situation is very tense...
AWACs clear them for non lethal engagement in a final attempt to prevent a potential shoot down. The F15s commence agressive and intimidating air combat manouveres as a final show of force to influence change. They break formation
Two remain on their six in attack positions
The other two flank wide to "headbutt" the MiGs with a fast incoming Pitchback manoeuvre
The F-15s, at very high speed, cut in front of the MiG's flight path putting themslves between the Russians and the C-17 aircraft generating considerable wake
The MiGs, now almost head on and sandwiched, take evasive action
They pull away at high speed
As the Russian's evade and climb, all four F-15s engage weapons systems locking onto the targets
The MiGs, realising they are outgunned and outnumbered have seen enough. They maintain the steep climb in retreat
As they level off at FL039 the F-15s remain right up there on their tail maintaining full target 'lock on'
Seeing them off back in the direction towards Russian airspace
With the threat averted, the F-15s double back to the inbound C-17 and provide full aerial escort into UK airspace
Evie in sight, landing gears come down on Finals
With full F-15 formation air cover just metres above the runway the C-17 safely touches down. The F-15s then head back out to maintain a deterring presence
This was one of the most significant aerial encounters between NATO and Russia since the Cold War. Things got very hairy out there. The West insisted on a full investigation demanding answers from the Kremlin and a full blown diplomatic dispute ensued. For the returning F-15s that had somehow managed to evade initiating World War III however, it was simply just another day on the job.