"Then the ground [controller] gave the command: "Destroy the target...!"  That was easy to say.  But how?  With shells?!  I had already expended 243 rounds.  Ram it?  I had always thought of that as poor taste.  Ramming is the last resort.  Just in case, I had already completed my turn and was coming down on top of him.  Then, I had an idea.  I dropped below him about 2,000 meters... afterburners.  Switched on the missiles and brought the nose up sharply.  Success!  I have a lock on."  --  Gennadie Osipovich, "Izvestiya" newspaper, 1991.

 

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