Labor Day Interlude

This blog was planned to be free write of sorts. Fortunately, it has evolved into so much more. I have always wanted to do a project revolving around a hypothetical NATO-Warsaw Pact war in the mid to late 1980s. There have been many false starts, however this time the project has gotten off the pad …

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The Central Front: 9 July, 1987 0130-0400 Part III

0300- The first non-stealth NATO aircraft into East Germany that morning were USAF F-111F Aardvarks and a mixed force of RAF and Luftwaffe Tornadoes. As the last GBU-27 impacted on the 20th Guards Army’s bunker complex at Mohlau, the fighter-bomber were breaking formation as flights headed off for their assigned ground targets. The primary targets …

The Central Front: 9 July, 1987 0130-0400 Part II

The post-Vietnam years were a time of reconstruction for the US Air Force. The service’s Vietnam experience was best regarded as a stark example of how not to run an air war. Restrictive rules of engagement, micromanagement, and a cumbersome, almost ineffective process of changing tactics and strategy once it became apparent that what was …