Exhibit - MiG Alley
Historical images - Mission Planning
- You are in command of a force of 112 aircraft arranged into seven squadrons.
- In pursuit of your campaign objectives, you will design missions using this map screen.
- The day is organized into three sessions: Morning, Midday and Afternoon. Missions should be arranged for each session. Up to 96 aircraft can be used in each session.
- Some sessions will be lost due to bad weather.
- The full range of Mission Types can be designed. You can either design a mission from scratch personally or just set the overall parameters and let your staff complete the details.
- You are cleared to fly missions in the following aircraft: F86 Sabre, F80C Shooting Star, F84E Thunder Jet and the F51 Mustang.
Missions GenerationMissions can be generated in a number of ways:
- By initiating Directives, the Mission Folder will be filled automatically.
- Clicking on authorize on either the Target Dialogue or Dossier will produce the framework for a mission.
- On the Mission Results Dialogue click on redo to carry the highlighted mission over to the next day.
- If a mission is marked for Redo, then the aircraft required are automatically removed from the available set before the Directives automatically build the next session’s missions.
- No matter what method is used for mission generation, the mission can be fine-tuned to an extraordinary level of detail. Use the:
- Mission Profile Dialogue to insert and delete Waves.
- Task Dialogue to change the aircraft types, numbers, duties and payloads.
- Route Dialogue to make changes to the route for the mission.
The Mission Profile Dialogue is used to display details about the mission highlighted in the Mission Folder. The main target for the mission is shown in the title bar.
A mission can consist of a number of Waves and each Wave can be made of up to three groups of aircraft.
Each Wave of aircraft is allocated a separate line on the Mission Dialogue. Here is a typical entry:
|Wave||ToT||Main Duty||AAA Cover||Air Cover|
|1.Bomb||07:00||B26(2)||F84(2)||F86 sq 1(1)|
The 1 indicates that this is the first Wave of the mission. Bomb means that the Wave’s main duty is to bomb the main target. This is a Strike Wave.
This is the Time over Target. Actually it is the time that the Wave should reach the Initial Point. The Groups split at this point to perform their individual duties. Click on this entry to display the Route Dialogue for this Wave.
B26(1)One flight of B26 Medium Bombers is tasked with the main duty. Click on this entry to display the Task Dialogue for this Wave.
Two flights of F84E Thunder Jets are on AAA cover. AAA or triple A stands for Anti-Aircraft Artillery. This duty is also called Flak Suppression and Wild Weasel. These aircraft can either be allocated targets or be given a free role to attack targets of opportunity. Click on this entry to display the Task Dialogue for this Wave.
F86 sq 1(1)One flight of F86 Sabre Jets has been allocated the Air Cover Duty. This flight will provide an escort for the bombers when they are en route and returning from the target area. During the bombing phase, the Sabres will patrol the area defined in the Route Dialogue. Click on this entry to display the Task Dialogue for this Wave.
There are five buttons at the bottom of the Mission Dialogue:
- Route - Display the Route Dialogue for the highlighted Wave.
- Task - Display the Task Dialogue for the highlighted Wave.
- Save - Save the Mission Profile.
- Insert - Insert a Wave. If the Main Duty of the first Wave is to bomb the main target, then a Dialogue will be launched which will allow you to define the nature of the Wave.
- Delete - Delete the highlighted Wave. It is not possible to delete the first Wave. Use the Delete Button on the Mission Folder to delete the mission.