Originally Posted by aki
Here're the rare shots!
All these pictures show land based aircraft!
Location:San Diego, CA
Posted February 19, 2015
On 10/10/2013 at 4:17 AM, BradG said:
Oh hijack away Mark, I was interested in both USN and USAF aircraft. For the USN, Curt Dose's engagement over Kep on May 10th 1972 saw him carry only 2 sidewinder, firing both and was then out of ammo due to his RIO being unable to break out the MiGs on radar for a sparrow shot. Although later that day, 'Matt' Connerlly fired 3 sidewinders for 2 kills in Showtime 106. Why did he carry more? Cunningham and Driscoll fired 3 sidewinders too. Even few weeks later on June 2nd, Phil Handley (USAF) carried only 2 AIM-7 and two AIM-4 on his MiG killing mission. This is only known because he fired all 4 weapons and each failed, his kill was with the 20mm cannon.
There doesn't seem to be a pattern to me, making it hard to accurately model an aircraft before the engagement, which was kinda my idea here. Unless I was able to find a pic before the aircraft took off, it seems like I may be having to take a bit of an educated guess as the loads for some aircraft.
Hi. This is Curt Dose', pilot of the VF-92 F-4J in question on 10May1972. We were carrying 4 AIM-9 Sidewinders and 4 AIM-7 Sparrows that day with a centerline tank, and this was normal for that '71-'72 cruise. I attempted to fire 4 Sidewinders during the 2 F-4J v 7 MiG-21 engagement. The second Sidewinder fired shot down a MiG-21. The third shot attempt had a miss-fire on he motor and stayed on the airplane. Shots 1 and 4 tracked and exploded but could not manage the final high G turn to intercept. Randy in VF-96 would have had the same 4 + 4, centerline tank configuration. Exciting day!