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Why fox2mike?

After being bugged to hell by teemus, I've decided to put this down before he decides to come to Bangalore and bludgeon me to death. This *might* be semi-long and boooooring, so it goes under the knife.


I've said this before, I'll say it again. I'm crazy about planes. Especially Fighter Planes. I got my first computer in 1993 and it was a Pentium uhh..umm sorry, Intel 486 SX2 33 MHz with 8 MB RAM, later upgraded to 16 MB RAM and a 1 GB HDD and then a 2x Creative CDROM Drive. Having a CDROM drive was something awesome back then, and I got a set of games with the Creative Multimedia Kit. Amongst those were some of the most awesome games like Wing Commander III (Vengence of the Kilrathi) and Strike Commander. I loved both and in fact didn't play them much until 1995/96. While WC3 was a futurstic space thingie, SC was more in tune with the real world. You were a part of a mercenary squadron called the Wildcats and you flew F-16s and occasionally F-22 Raptors. The setting was in the future...so the game rightly assumed the Raptor was already in service by then.

There were various missions from CAPs to taking out airfields (which were the toughest). And since you were a mercenary, every bit of money counted. It is quite against standard air force procedures IRL to send a fighter (during wartime) without any AAMs which are the most handy during a Dogfight. The F-16s in SC could be equipped with the AIM-9J or the AIM-9M. The latest version is the AIM-9X and the AIM-9 family are called Sidewinders. Differences between the 9J and 9M are :

  • The AIM-9J was a dumb missle, needing to be actually fed into the enemy's ass since you had to be right behind the enemy to get tone or lock on. AIM-9Ms were awesome since they could lock on to any part of the enemy plane.

  • The 9J would target friendlies as well. 9M had IFF, so you would see a warning on the HUD if you were going to lock on to a friendly.

  • 9Js were easily distracted. By other planes or by the Sun. No need to even waste flares. lol. The 9M was faster and tougher to shake off. So the chances of a successful shot after tone with a 9M were like 10 times more than one with a 9J.


The other AAM was the BVR, radar guided AIM-120 AMRAAM (boy, I love these acronyms lol). These were quite costly, but could take down sitting ducks like C-130s even before you actually saw them (hence the BVR). The other fighters usually got away thanks to countermeasures like chaff. You didn't have access to this weapon until after the first few successful missions and only after you brought in some moolah could the base commander procure more weaponry for the Wildcats.

Another awesome weapon during a Dogfight was the M161 Vulcan machine gun. You can see how the M161 looks on an F-15E Strike Eagle here.

So, coming back to the point (and cutting the post short), the pilots had callsigns. And they also had codenames for the kind of missiles launched during combat. Fox 2 meant the pilot was launching a Sidewinder missile and the Mike meant the 9M version. So that's how fox2mike came into existence. I know this sounds nuts, but Strike Commander is something I'll always hold close to my heart. For a game written in 1992, it had awesome graphics and a good story. I still have the original CD somewhere.

Found a few nice links, with pics....thought I'd share them.
AIM-120 AMRAAM
AIM-9 Sidewinder series


After writing that, I think I should thank teemus. I wish I can go back to Strike Commander. I might keep updating this post for a while.

Comments

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teemus
Apr. 12th, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
Finally! :D

Brilliant.
fox2mike
Apr. 12th, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
Thankies :)
fox2mike
Apr. 12th, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC)
And thanks for pushing me to write it! :)
teemus
Apr. 12th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. :D
premkudva
Apr. 13th, 2005 06:09 am (UTC)
Ok now it is time you explained your ID:-) I always wanted to ask.
fox2mike
Apr. 13th, 2005 06:21 am (UTC)
I can't resist replying lol

His name = Sumeet
His LJ name = teemuS

:D :D :D
premkudva
Apr. 13th, 2005 06:38 am (UTC)
Ah thanks for that. I am not the one for quizzes, so didn't get that one at all. I did know his name.
teemus
Apr. 13th, 2005 06:43 am (UTC)
strrev('Sumeet') == 'teemuS'
shandeegoddess
Apr. 12th, 2005 12:59 pm (UTC)
Oooh, hehe, now I finally understand why u have that LJ name =P I think I remember askin you why once on yahoo IM, or did I not? *cries* Am losing muh memory =P
Shandee <3
fox2mike
Apr. 13th, 2005 01:33 am (UTC)
Don't think you asked on IM...until now atleast :)
vyshnavi
Apr. 12th, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC)
lol, I was about to ask you! :D I tried and tried to guess, but obviously, I had no clue.. :P
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fox2mike
Apr. 12th, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC)
*stuffs tons of smelling salt up fugney's nose*

*pours a bucket of ice water over fugney*

That should wake you up now :p
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fox2mike
Apr. 13th, 2005 01:34 am (UTC)
It is cool stuff! Atleast the technology is...
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ashster
Apr. 12th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
hmm i was wonfering how u came up with the name :-? really interesting and i got to learn something..so that's good
fox2mike
Apr. 13th, 2005 01:34 am (UTC)
:)
brainz
Apr. 12th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
Fox 3, Fox 3, Fox 3.

I used to love those uber long range phoenix missles. You could take down a damn bird 60Nm miles away.

Sadly, there were decommisioned. :(

I used to play Jane's Combat series games. I still have my original copies of USN97, USAF Platinum edition. I likey the F15's and the hornets. F-16 and F22 had too less weapon bays for my liking. ;)
brainz
Apr. 12th, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
s/there/they
fox2mike
Apr. 13th, 2005 01:30 am (UTC)
The F-16 was fine. The F-22 is shitty!! lol Couldn't load up at all!!! And limited AA defences. Sucked.
manish
Apr. 12th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC)

BWAHAHAHAHAHA. YOUR NAMING-SECRETZ ARE BELONG TO US!

;-) awww...
astra1111
Apr. 12th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
Ohk...Strike Commander
erhgyx
Apr. 12th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
did you play Topgun??? ok i promised the game but never delivered... well it has a lot more call signs that you might like to use...

btw have you forgotten r+?
premkudva
Apr. 13th, 2005 04:03 am (UTC)
I thought you would never tell us;-)
premkudva
Apr. 13th, 2005 06:03 am (UTC)
Meaning your story was going on... :-)

I knew that fox and mike stood for military call signs, but never understood fox2mike. Also I thought LJ ids are sacred and not to be investigated upon. So didn't ask.
fox2mike
Apr. 13th, 2005 06:07 am (UTC)
LOL

Scared? maybe. You can surely ask!
premkudva
Apr. 13th, 2005 06:11 am (UTC)
Ok now I gotta ask Kannan why he is srgmpdn;-)
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