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Yes DB I agree that we would all like to see a peaceful outcome. Something however tells me that may not be a guarantee in the current climate.

Anyway, since I'm on a roll and following on from a notable quote from yourself several posts back:

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What an excellent update...I am waiting eagerly to see what happens with the Russians.




You need to wait no further...Yes...The Russians are coming! Enjoy... [wink]

Over at Evie, U.S.A.F. C-17s continue their round trip deployment cycles of heavy armour and personnel from various European NATO bases for onward reassignment to more strategic locations as tensions in the Middle East increase.

A Canadian Forces C-17 Globemaster from Canadian Forces Base Edmonton, Alberta departs its Reykjavik stopover en route to Evie Air Base to assist with the hardware transportation mission.
[6D9KPqj] 

Several miles outside UK airspace the C-17 picks up two Russian MiG-29 Fulcrums closing in on its tail. The MiGs follow in silence but are visible on Radar. The C-17 pilots are certain they are flying over international waters. The MiGs close in.
[K6ZVfP9] 

As they flank either side, radio silence is broken with a declaration that the C-17 had illegally strayed into Russian airspace and an unusual instruction is given to follow the jets back into mainland Russia [mT9KOD7] 

The C-17 provides no response, maintains its course but calls in the interdiction to ATC on the Emergency frequency
[x6duiTN] 

Through the communications chain of command- the National Air Defence Operations Centre (NADOC) at RAF High Wycombe give the orders and the response at Evie is swift. Two Humvees with NATO pilots speed across the base to the Eastern stand
[MzI3Y9D] 

Pilots gear up on the tarmac
[5wtlxGJ] 

[B7bOV8X] 

Within 3 minutes four F-15 Eagle fighters are scrambled and taxiing
[OhLGEGw] 

[37Ww1wi] 

One from the U.S.A.F.E 53rd Fighter Squadron of the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem, Germany.
[suCOHuU] 

Another, with the rare, yet controversial Charcoal "Lizard" Camouflage which was an experimental camouflage tested in the late 70s using F-16s of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing and again in the early 90s with F-16s at Nellis AFB, where both tests completed with inconclusive results. Evie now has the only operational U.S.A.F. F-15 with the same unconventional Charcoal "Lizard" Scheme
[JL001Tq] 

[uqOIfcn] 

[hqgdpNr] 

A formation take-off was permitted to shave off valuable minutes
[mu90FY4] 

[1OizJ8e] 

The MiGs have now resumed a 6 o'clock position with threats to bring down the C-17 aircraft if it failed to comply
[0yTFviR] 

The F-15s soon have all 3 aircraft on radar whilst scanning the horizon for visuals as they tear across open skies
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Oh, this is a tense episode. Are they or aren't they in international airspace? What will the Russians do, I wonder? You've once again outdone yourself with this one. [thumb]
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Another thrilling update.
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Another thrilling update.

As always thanks for your comments mark. Thrilling indeed even for me! [biggrin]
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Oh, this is a tense episode. Are they or aren't they in international airspace? What will the Russians do, I wonder? You've once again outdone yourself with this one. [thumb]

Thanks DB. I think Tense is what I was aiming for. The next episode hopes to be even more challenging but hopefully is as entertaining. I did consider...Evie F-15s blow Russian MiGs out of the sky, Moscow launch ICBMs, Evie turned to nuclear wasteland... But then id have to trash the entire diorama. So maybe a more realistic outcome that enables me keep the base and not kick off WWIII. They don't do ICBMs in 1/144 anyways!! Keep watching...[rofl]
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Looking forward to it, sir.



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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 [frown]. I effected some repairs and hopefully the wide camera angles in this next update will make the damage less visible.

Thanks for all the comments guys and keep on watching...

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 [ySxHb8a] 

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  
[dtEitsL]   

They are reminded of being in international airspace and risk being fired upon...The situation is very tense...
  [XKmkwi5]   

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 [Ly6wgsU] 

Two remain on their six in attack positions
[fhPHbue] 

The other two flank wide to "headbutt" the MiGs with a fast incoming Pitchback manoeuvre  
[G2zugfb]   

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  
[xzdMuul]   

[x1Vvfb5] 

The MiGs, now almost head on and sandwiched, take evasive action [0w2itHb] 

  [j0C4b1h]   

They pull away at high speed
[k6hf77z] 
 
As the Russian's evade and climb, all four F-15s engage weapons systems locking onto the targets [xF79Lwk] 

The MiGs, realising they are outgunned and outnumbered have seen enough. They maintain the steep climb in retreat [MG8YEuG] 

As they level off at FL039 the F-15s remain right up there on their tail maintaining full target 'lock on' [uurVKvi] 

Seeing them off back in the direction towards Russian airspace [yM74yk5] 

With the threat averted, the F-15s double back to the inbound C-17 and provide full aerial escort into UK airspace 
[ofEab3A] 
 

[h1iRpXo] 

Evie in sight, landing gears come down on Finals [SHIGBWV] 

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 [AYODpkL] 

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. [rL0CVOq] 

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I can imagine the back channels are in full swing after this incident. I have the feeling things are not yet over. This was a great update.




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I can imagine the back channels are in full swing after this incident. I have the feeling things are not yet over. This was a great update.




'Back channels'...Love it! Thanks DB. Yes you know things are only just getting interesting. Who knows what's around the corner.

For those that were wondering about that 'Charcoal Lizard' Camo F-15 it actually was a real Test proto used by McDonnell Douglas for development of its future variants. It featured in the UK back in 1980 as seen here...that was before its reassignment to Evie of course [tongue]....

[WoQTsG0] 

see...its all real! [rolleyes]


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That is a fantastic livery. I imagine it would look good on the Hornet as well.
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DEFINITELY 'THE' BEST THREAD EVER ON A FORUM!![thumb]
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Thanks DB and Robert your comments are greatly appreciated and I am humbled by your kind words

After all the recent Russian mid air action, at Evie, things were pretty much back to normal and business as usual for the ground crews[kODpaFA]

Aerial munitions lift vehicles were back at work loading up an array of ordinances.
[SLKSAHJ]

These heavy lift equipment were slow but methodical
[KdVkm2g] 
With oil tanker seizures in the Straits of Hormuz, anti ship missions were anticipated 
[EJYdUCG] 
Whilst not the typical first choice ordinance for the F-15, the AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship guided missile is prepared
[EEHR57R]  
 [NAHiX5j] 

The vehicle's mechanical arm provides the lift as crews steady and line up the weapon
[f7rGdTt] 
[CfY2LAg] 

[FLe2NOY] 

* F-16 crews load an AIM-7 to wing points
[0fU95In] 
[sw58gAz] 

[6hB2NHG] 

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Another quality update. One does not load missiles unless you intend for them to be used. [sneaky]
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One does not load missiles unless you intend for them to be used. [sneaky]


Yes but the power of ones intentions can have greater impact than actual actions taken [rolleyes]
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The plot thickens.


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