Hornet Leader Libyan 1984 Air Campaign

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With little time to paint small aircraft I have obtained a copy of the DVG solo-game HORNET LEADER Carrier Air Operation. I like campaigns and allways are on the lookout for managable campaigning systems. This game looks promising.

Cvw-1Being a systematic wargamer I will start off with the earliest scenario, the 1984 Libyan air campaign at medium length. This gives me a manageable task I think. It also lets me slip into the role of the  CAG or commander, air wing. First I will chuse an appropriate carrier air wing, one that was deployed in the Mediterranean during the decade and therefore could have taken part in a would-be bombing campaign. It is going to be CVW-1 that was deployed on the USS America from 1982 to 1996.

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In the 80’s there were several incidents between US Navy and Lybian air, land, and naval combat units. In 1981 a pair of US Navy F-14 Tomcats shot down two Libyan SU-22 Fitter in the Gulf of Sidra incident. A similar incident took place in the same area in 1989, resulting again in F-14 Tomcats shooting down two Libyan MiG-23 Flogger.

An actual bombing of Libya by US forces took place on 15 April 1986, code-named Operation El Dorado Canyon. This punitive air strikes might well have erupted into prolonged operations. Hence a hypothetical 1984 Libyan air campaign is quite within historical probability.

Visit the Hornet Leader campaign record site.

To be continued…

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