to take spacing. I level off at 24,000 feet and accelerate to 400 knots. Forty miles south of the IP, I hear Cut and
Weebles on the radios as they prepare to roll in on the target.
"One's dropping on numerous vehicles on the left here," Cut radios.
"Copy," Weebles replies. "Understand just left of the road?"
"That's correct. There's a road going north-south intersecting an east-west road. There's vehicles right by my bombs."
"Copy ... Looking," Weebles says nervously.
The radios are silent for a few seconds. All of a sudden, Weebles keys his mike and screams with excitement: "Okay, we got lots of AAA! Two's rolling in on the AAA!"
"AAA massive!" Cut shouts.
The radios fall silent. "Come on, Weebles," I think. "Say something."
Moments later, Weebles keys his mike and yells: "Okay, two's off on the AAA! Lots of AAA in the target area!"
I touched down at 03:05, and, during the debrief, I found out why things were so calm over the target area. Weebles put his tape in the VCR to show us his attack.
"I've already dropped my bombs at this point," Cut said as we watched the video of Weebles rolling in.
"There were tracers everywhere, and I thought for sure I was going to take a few hits."
While standing in front of the television, Weebles pointed toward the bottom of the screen.
"Look at these muzzle flashes. Watch what happens to the one on the right."
As Weebles continued with his attack, flashes of gunfire appeared at the bottom of the screen. All of a sudden, Cut's bombs hit directly on top of the southern AAA site. Seconds later, Weebles pickled his bombs on the northern site.
"These guys never knew what hit them," Weebles said. "Imagine what the guys at the northern site were thinking when Cut's bombs hit."
"They must have realized they were next," Jackal observed.
"They sure as hell did," Cut interjected. "And they got exactly what they deserved."