Realistically in a real world perspective... Did... could.... or were.... pilots ever allowed...now or in the past during the many various air conflicts throughout the world in many different theaters.. Ever go out of their way to seekingly go out and shoot down a couple of fighter jets?? Particularity air combat capable aircraft such as F15E or the F4 on ground missions... Aircraft that are basically based on a air combat design/multi-roled aircraft.. These aircraft usually more often than not, not only being loaded with sidewinders as a form of defense but also long range missiles as part of their sock standard ground attack armament.
USN F/A-18s vs. IRAF MiG-21s Two F/A-18s from VFA-81 shot down two Iraqi MiG-21s, one with an AIM-7 Sparrow missile and one with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, in a brief dogfight with their bombs still latched on.
fras444 wrote:For example... The F4s on their way to a ground attack sortie in Vietnam, many photos of them loaded with their standard AIM-7s and sidewinder combos or... the reason why I mentioned F15E, same again... Many photos of them being loaded with AIM-7/120s four sidewinder mix.. Did, could or were ground attack fighter pilots ever encouraged or allowed to lock on to a air target on their way to a bombing sortie or... Once they had bombed a bridge or a striffed a tank brigade... help out the guys on interception mission and shoot down a couple of fighters that were in the immediate area? An F15 casually locking on and firing off a AIM120 while en-route to destroy a tank with a full load of maverick or LGB doesn't sound like G pulling tactics..... Basically can a multi-roled aircraft loaded with both air to ground and air to air weapons, performing a ground sortie to then enter into a air to air combat en-route or after? If not... What was the point in being loaded with... well at the very least.. weighed down with four long range offensive missiles such as the AIM7s or the AIM120s??
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