" You could if you wanted, divert to a friendly airbase in Saudia and try and land there. In the dogfights, you had to watch when you fired a heater because if you wingman was in view the missile could turn and track him instead.

But, if one of you got hit and had to bail out, you could help out by switching to the SAR channel and fly around the area your wingman ejected over and assist the rescue teams - the longer you could stay on station, the better the chance of him being rescued. You also had a fantastic map view of the Gulf area - the zoom functions on it were so good, we actually ended up learning how to use it as a make-shift AWACS and JSTARS platform to help co-ordinate BVR engagements without using our own radars.

" Close air support missions were tough and you had to be really careful not to end up with a friendly fire incident - always a possibility as the ground forces were always on the move.

The missions were done in real time, so if you took off late afternoon ( about 15:00hrs and you stayed up for a couple of hours, it would get dark). There was no Night Vision in either aircraft and night missions were a real challenge and really dark - plus don't forget the carrier landing ... " -

Winding up the action

MiGMan thanks Rob "Bomber" Henderson for these recollections.