Exhibit:F-19 Stealth Fighter
" The choice of weapons was also far beyond anything previously seen, and included various Mk80 series bombs ( slicks & snakes ) and all manner of cluster munitions, including the awesome fuel-air explosives.
As I remember, staying undetected was basically impossible no matter how careful you were ( so much for stealth! ) and you always ended up in a dogfight. The enemy was the old "one-hit wonder" type ofvictim, with the pilot always ejecting, while your F-19 seemed to take a near endless amount of missile hits.
I also remember that the fighters never seemed to fire at you, it was always the SAMs - except for the Soviet AWACS "Mainstay" - these always seemed to be armed to the teeth with the latest AA missiles and they weren't shy about using them either !!
The SAMs were very easy to avoid, most times without the use of jammers & decoys, except the later missiles like the SA-10 & SA-12. They always hunted you down & always hit, no matter what you did. I do remember though that you could use terrain masking against SAM radar's, which did work from time to time. The allied airforces were just about non-existent, save for a pair of F/A-18s that would continually fly circuits around the airbase or carrier you were using - if you were really (un)lucky it would be a pair of Boeing 707's!!. I never remember them getting stuck in & helping me out ...........
The best place to go if you wanted a fight was the North Cape without a doubt. The SAMs were flying almost continually ( if SA-10s or 12s were at Pechenga they were already locked on & launching while you were still on the runway or carrier!! ) and the enemy fighters just kept on coming. "
MiGMan thanks Rob "Bomber" Henderson for these recollections.