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the ground in the middle of the night?
I asked myself if there was anything I
could do? There wasn't. Time stood still
as I, almost calmly, conditioned myself
to die.
Our now-upside-down copilot looked
upward through his right window and
saw the SAM fly by. It had missed us
... IT MISSED US! We were going to live
to fight on another night. Our copilot
shouted loudly over the intercom: "It
flew by, it flew by, the SAM flew by. Recover the aircraft."
The pilot rolled the aircraft right and
dished-out into level flight. We had recovered with about 3,500 feet to spare!
We immediately turned south and exited the threat area.
The entire engagement took less
than a minute. Exactly how long, I'll
never know. I guess it was about 30 seconds, but I can't be sure - time sort of
terrifyingly stood still.
The engagement certainly took less
than the 5 to 10 minutes that the headquarter's electronic warfare staffer had
earlier briefed us so as to qualm our
fears. "They (the SAM operators) have

to go through a distinct firing sequence
that'll give you plenty of time to detect
the radar and to leave its lethal arena."
How little he really knew. I do note that
he never flew in a gunship.
No one ever knew for sure how we
had managed to fool the SAM and survive. As we could best ascertain (guess)
the SAM's two-beamed radar had apparently been tracking us in one beam and
the overhead F-4 in the other beam. It
thereby split the difference between us
and the overhead F-4, and missed both.
We had luck on our side. We lived to fly
another night and another and another,
and I survived to write this.
Jerry Stiles (Wild Weasel 616) flew 113
Weasel missions in Southeast Asia, and
209 missions overall in that theater. He
earned a PhD, and also taught many EW
courses for George Washington University.
In the 1990s, he worked for Rand Corp,
where he wrote several reports including,
"The Wild Weasel Development Programs:
One Run, One Hit, One Error" (1990). He
also holds a patent for a "Rotating Doppler Receiver" from his years at TRW. a

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radio. Nearly simultaneously, another
aircraft shouted over the radio "I see
two SAMS airborne - one high, one low."
The night sky was aglow with lethality.
There was no doubt, either then or
during an after-mission analysis, that
the SAMs were aimed and coming at us.
(After all, we had a price on our heads:
two cartons of cigarettes and a pig for
the guy shooting us down - seriously!)
Our pilot had few options available
other than to do a fighter-like "SAM
Break" by heading abruptly towards
the ground. Agile fighters had successfully performed this maneuver on
many occasions.
Feeling the gunship making a rapid
and sharp roll to the left (we were already in a left-banked orbit), I glanced
at the attitude indicator and altitude
and gasped. We were upside-down in
a 135 degree left bank and descending
rapidly down through 8,000 feet (about
5,000 feet above the ground). We were in
serious trouble.
A multitude of thoughts flooded my
mind. Would the big warhead missile destroy our gunship, or would we first hit

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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor - DOD Rolls Out $686 Billion FY2019 Budget
World Report - Russia Developing More Sophisticated Approach to EW
The Domain of the Tube – Millimeter Wave and Beyond
A Wild Weasel EWO Kills a SAM – from an AC-130E Gunship
Resilient and Ready: NATO JEWCS in Transition
EW 101
2018 AOC Industry & Institute/ University Member Guide
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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