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Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2019 1:04 p.m. PST


It's 0615 on 24 July 1990 in the country of South Leon. We are with the Cuban Air Force's 301st Tactical Fighter Squadron, deployed to South Leon several months ago. So far there hasn't been much to do, just some routine Combat Air Patrol (CAP) and close air support missions every now and again for the grunts, but no air-to air engagements to date. The squadron, also known as "The Flying Boxcars," is led by Major "Viper" Culero, a former US Navy fighter pilot that earned himself four kills and the Estrella de Bronce (Bronze Star with 'V') during the Cuban War of Liberation. He normally keeps a two-ship CAP up, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but this morning, starting about 0400, there's been a lot of chatter about some major stuff going down up north, so he bumped the CAP up to four aircraft, just in case.

What the good Major doesn't yet know is that the Communist Army from Federation Socialiste Nationale de Leon (FSNL), South Leon's malignant neighbor to the north, has launched an all out invasion of South Leon, and they are rapidly rolling towards that nations capital. Accompanying them will be an all out blitz by FSNL's Air Force, and the Flying Boxcars are about to be involved in some of the most intense aerial action since WWII.

To kick off their offensive, the FSNL Air Force has put 6 x MiG-21s in the air on a classic fighter sweep, looking to clear the skies for follow on strike aircraft, while the Cubans have four F-4 Phantoms up on CAP.


Four F-4 Phantoms rising to meet…


Six MiG-21s.


Silver 03 pulls an Immelman, reversing course and putting himself in good shape to get on Boxcar 12's tail (left).


Boxcar 12 runs straight in, head to head with Green 03. Both pilots fire, and Boxcar 12 gets his second kill of the day! To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:

I played a total of three fights on Saturday morning, working on the batreps, stay tuned.


Katzbalger08 Jul 2019 5:22 p.m. PST

Sorry--every time you mention Cuban, I'm thinking, "where's their Migs?"

Neat fight, though.


Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2019 7:20 p.m. PST

Thanks, Rob, glad you liked it. I can't believe I didn't think of using pipe cleaners to show movement before; I hope it helped make the report easier to understand.

Regarding Cuban MiGs, yeah, I've been dealing with that since I started this thing back in 2015.


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