Nellis AFB ~ Las Vegas, Nevada
The Nellis AFB mission of advanced combat training for composite strike forces is commonly conducted in conjunction with air and grounds units of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and allied forces. The base also supports operations at the nearby Creech Air Force Base, the Tonopah Test Range and the Nevada National Security Site.
Todays operations will put the Harrier to the ultimate test---A/A combat. The primary enemy for this training sorite will be the Mig-21---a deadly and capable fighter that will have speed and ranged weaopns over your nimble little Harrier.
After takeoff---You can use your waypoints as a 'guide' to engage the enemy--the primary purpose for this training is for you to determine the best way to engage the enemy and survive. Staying low in the canyons has been a proven method in the past---as well as using the "thrust vectoring" of the Harrier to your advantage in tight corners.
"Good morning sir, well...you are up against it today that is for damn sure.
It is up to you how you want to head into the AO---we have designated waypoints but that might not suit your combat style---we don't care how you knock them down---just that you do it.
The MIg-21 has longer range weapons and can out climb you---you will have the advantage in a tight dogfight if you are able to manipulate your thrust properly. For best results keep your speed as high as possible---then lower the nozzled to about 40%---make a tight turn into the enemy and get a shot off as soon as possible before you lose to much energy.
Seems simple doesn't it...Good Luck up there---Semper Fi!"