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.
Being 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.
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.
To be continued…