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Dogfights

Dogfights have always attracted attention. Since the First World War, their participants have been considered heroes, stories have been written about nothing, and they have become idols of generations. However, the reality of air combat is much more prosaic. Whatever the motivation of the pilots to fight, there was always a winner on one side and a loser on the other in a crippled or burning plane falling to the ground. This series deals with the struggle from their beginning to the modern age, when the sky is steadily ruled by jet engines.

Sea Harrier FRS.1 versus Mirage IIIEA (1)

In this duel, a two-bomber fighter plane fought a subsonic enemy, whose design was based on an aircraft designed for direct air support of ground troops. The result was supposed to be seemingly clear. This was, however, quite different from what anyone would estimate by comparing the tables of their technical data.

Sea Harrier FRS.1 versus Mirage IIIEA (2)

The whole war for the hitherto virtually unknown Falkland Islands, which belonged to the British Crown, began with their occupation by the Argentine army on April 2, 1982. The Argentines, let alone anyone else, could hardly assume that the few virtually uninhabited islands would be war expedition to the other end of the world.

Sea Harrier FRS.1 versus Mirage IIIEA (3)

It was late evening, the first of May, but the evening of May 1982 in the South Atlantic was anything but love time as once tried to recite a classic to his readers. The planes of two enemy states had been flying in the sky since morning, and Death was slowly grinding its tools. Today comes to work … but we are ahead of it.

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