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Something about Crusaders missions over Cuba are always fun

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While not recommended for a long life, when the short ranged SAMS miss, gunning them before they can fire again is quite satisfying.

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A Filipino pilot shutting down his mount after a training sortie. Luzon, 1979.

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In 1974 F-8J Crusaders of VF-24 deployed to Nellis AFB for DACM exercises against F-4Es and F-105s. The aim of the exercise was to study the weapons and tactics used over Vietnam to see what worked and what didn't, as well as to help to codify the features wanted for the next generation of combat jets..

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The Checkertails' Crusaders fared pretty well.. 

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Flew past this guy on the way back at what I thought was a safe distance. Obviously not.

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After some serious ducking, dodging, and flat out running, I got back.

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I just thought, these two belong in the "Cruddy Monday" thread! :smile:

 

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Over the skies of Kamchatka...
 

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Everybody Ready?

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Need some altitude

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Since Bandits are close by...

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And if I didn't have enough trouble with all the d@%&*ned bombers, there was this nonsense to look out for....

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Gets dark early in these North Atlantic latitudes.....

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Checking a SAM site at Socotra island.

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