Aircam Aviation Series №S8: Luftwaffe Colour Schemes and by Martin Windrow

By Martin Windrow

Totally illustrated all through with many infrequent BW images all with well-informed captions, plus eight pages of color profile drawings.

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The preferred tactic was a sort of “hit and run” pass, which meant using initial GCI vectoring to achieve surprise, preferably from as far away as possible, by the launching of an AAM. The Shahak pilot would close to cannon range only if the AAM missed, which often happened in those days. If he had to dogfight an inferior opponent, the best tactic was to preserve his fighter’s higher energy state by climbing or diving, rather than by turning with the enemy, thereby bleeding energy and losing the advantage of speed.

During the nine engagements between the MiG-21 and the Mirage IIICJ from July 1964 to April 1967, the latter had claimed eight kills in five combats. Six of these victories were definitely confirmed by reports of the pilot ejecting or the aircraft being seen to crash. All eight kills were credited to cannon fire, despite Shahak pilots launching a Yahalom and no fewer than seven Shafrirs. Arab pilots had, in return, fired two “Atoll” AAMs. All ten missiles had failed to find their targets. Most of these engagements demonstrated the clear superiority of the IDF/AF’s GCI system.

Pilots did not hit their opponents, and when they did lethal damage was not inflicted. The later problem was easily solved when it was realised that as a bomber interceptor, the Mirage IIIC was firing rounds that were optimised to explode inside a large target. Upon hitting a small tactical fighter the round penetrated, exited and exploded beyond the target, inflicting only light damage rather than ensuring a kill. The obvious cure was to use zero delay-fused rounds that exploded on impact. YORAM AGMON Born in Israel during the 1930s, Yoram Agmon commenced his compulsory service in the IDF in the late 1950s as an infantryman.

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