On the last tale, Sidewinders and Sparrows we talked a little about the history of rockets and missiles but it’s a big subject so this week I thought I’d expand on the theme a little and as I’m going to mention lots of rattlesnakes and sparrows, I should probably use the correct collective nouns… rhumbas and quarrels!


Rules of Engagement




The result of a Blue on Blue engagement


An AIM 54 Phoenix launch


An AIM7 Sparrow in flight


The APG63 radar


Radar discrimination



AIM7 Sparrow missiles on an F15 Eagle


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