Nasr was among a breed of army men that has never been witnessed before. He knows everything about the equipment he uses so much , that it exceeds what their manufacturers know. As a matter of fact, you can never fully explore his mind. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1970 among the 25th batch of fighter pilots after spending 21 months in the Soviet Union. There, he absorbed every word his instructors and tutors taught him, which helped him throughout his career, especially when assigned to command the F-16. He studied the MiG-21 part by part that he knows the precise role of the smallest bolt. After graduation,Lieutenant Nasr was assigned to the 46th Fighter Squadron of the 106th Air Brigade. The Squadron Leader was Lieutenant Colonel Samir Abdullah, directly below him was Captain Samir Aziz Michael. This was a harsh time, during which the cadets were taught how to turn the "Iron Pipe" as called by army personnel ( due to the cylendrical shape of the MiG-21) into a killing machine. In the USSR, they were only taught how to takeoff, cruise for 30 minutes, and then land safely. Flying an aircraft is something, and engaging in a dogfight with it is a whole different dimension. So, teaching them how to "fight" was the role of their experienced commanders. Nasr was instated in a four-man formation led by Captain Samir Aziz, which planted in his pilots self-confidence and ferociousness. During 1972, various squadron leaders travelled to different countries to learn a new maneuver called the "Zero Speed Maneuver". This maneuver broke all the speed boundaries know to the Egyptian pilots who were strictly ordered to never go below 400 km/h in flight. Meanwhile, this maneuver which was taught by Pakistani pilots, involved near-zero speeds. Extensive training was conducted day after day throughout the years until on July 1973 he received an early promotion to become a First Lieutenant. That's when he remembered what his commanders always said the "The fuel of war is coming" and expected the war. And since then, every thing was harsher, starting from training to the diets followed by pilots. Something strange was in the horizon, but no one knew what it was. Then on the beginning of October, Air-Vice Marshal Hosni Mubarak visited El-Mansourah Airbase. That confirmed the pilot's expectation that something is going to happen very soon. Finally on the night of the 5th of October Colonel Ahmed Abdulrahman met with all the Brigade pilots and told them that tomorrow is the time of war but had not told them what time exactly. The 546th Squadron was a night squadron. That meant that it wouldn't be assigned strike missions inside Sinai on the 6th of October, but their mission was to conduct CAP flights to protect the airspace above the area west of The Canal from intruding aircrafts. On the 7th of October El-Mansourah Airbase came under huge raids in an effort to repeat what happened in 1967. However, the intruding aircrafts were intercepted by Egyptian fighters so well that bombs that were dropped, were so inaccurate to hit anywhere near their intended targets. After the air battle, Nasr's formation launched, led by Magdi Kamal to intercept an Israeli A-4 Sky hawk. However, the distance and intercept angle prevented him from engaging, but that was the first time he ever saw an Israeli aircraft face-to-face. On the 8th of October the squadron heard about the awful news that Samir Aziz was shot down over Port said. This brought Nasr to tears because Samir was his teacher, father, and inspiration; and all the squadron expected him to shoot down Israeli air crafts not the opposite. When Samir's wing men returned they told the story that Samir took off with an electercal failure that prvented him either from dropping his external fuel tanks, nor using any of his weapons. However, being the leader he refused leaving his wingmen and started chasing the Mirages away until 2 of the Mirages chased him and shot him down. At night, they saw an ambulance coming in through the base carrying Samir Aziz. The hero, despite the gruesome pain of a broken back, insisted on passing by the base to give his student pilots adivce. He said 2 things that stook in his mind forever and actually saved his life; the first was "Never shoot an aircraft before making sure you're back is clear.", and the second was "Israelis never enter aerial combat without ensuring they outnumber us."
1st Engagement: 14th of October 1973 ======================================== That day replaced all the shame and lost pride with glories and heroics of the Egyptian Air Force, while it shattered the Israeli Air Force ego and pride. At 3:00 PM 3 red shots were fired ordering an emergency launch for 12 aircrafts (every shot resembles a 4-man formation) to defend the airbase against in comnig raids. And in less than 3 minutes, Nasr's squadron rushed from the hardened aircraft bunkers one after the other towards the runway and to the sky, with Magdy's formation directly behind his formation. Hassan Saqr (Nasr's Squadron leader) led Nasr onto the runway and tookoff placing himself directly behind an Israeli Phantom. Nasr then launched in lightning speed to defend his airbase wcich was more than his home, and as soon as he reached a couple of meters above the runway, the runway got hit by what felt like a nuclear bomb due to the proximity of the dropped bomb. The invading Phantom had appeared to have dropped the bomb the instance he took off. He then saw the Phantom overpassing him after completing it's assigned raid, so he immediately dropped his 3 tanks and maneuvered behind that Phantom which kept trying to escape his crosshairs for several seconds. Strangely, the Israeli pilot didn't complete his maneuvers and started flying straight, so Nasr leveled his aircraft and got ready to fire a missile. But the, he remembered what his instructor Major Samir Aziz told him to always look back before shooting an enemy. With a quick glance he saw a Phantom directly behing him with it's terrifying shape of that raised wings looking like a falcon ready to strike. In an involuntary movement driven by a feeling of terror from becoming a prey after being a predator, Nasr did a very sharp maneuver putting himself in 10 Gs without passing out. The G-Meter of the MiG-21 maxed out indicating the maximum G-limit of the aircraft and definitely of the pilot, however it placed the Israeli aircraft infront and inside his crosshairs, wobbling left and right trying to escape. The Phantom was a heavier aircraft and so, wasn't as agile as the MiG-21. So , the Israeli pilot was trying to egress out of this plane-filled sky by descending and accelerating to full speed. However, Nas was already below him and fired a missile that damages the aircraft severly deliveing black smoke, then it exploded. Nasr then, shouted " Allah Akbar (God is Greatest) Allah Akbar (God is Greatest). " Nasr then asked the control to vector/dircet him towards another enemy, then he observed the sky littered with opposing aircrafts, missiles going out around everywhere, filled with the unique orange parachutes from ejecting Israeli pilots. The airspace was very crowded with our friendly aircrafts coming in from Tanta, Abu Hammad, and Inchas Air Bases to assist and Israeli aircrafts. He then spotted a stray Phantom that he chased and engaged using his 200 round cannon until he reached the Mediterranian Sea, draining nearly all his furl, so he turned to return to base. During his return, the scene was beyond what can be belived, or imagined. Egyptian and Israeli aircrafts were like starts in the sky, explosions everywhere, and enemy planes dropping from the sky like tree leaves. The aircraft masses were not seen since the Second World War. Aircrafts from the 104th Air Brigade from El-Mansourah Airbase, 203rd from Abu Hammad Airbase, 102nd from Inchas Airbase, and 100+ Israeli fighters and bombers participated in this duel. After landing, he was celebrated and greeted by his colleagues very happily and joyfuly having shot down a Phanton, and have placed a star on his aircrafts nose resembling a Phantom kill.
2nd Engagement: 15th of October 1973 ========================================= The morning came with Nasr feeling more confident than ever, not only has he become a professional fighter pilot, but having shot down a Phantom. Nasr was sitting inside a bunker alongside several mechanics listening to patriotic songs on the radio when the scramble call came in to Nasr's squadron to launch and defend against a raid attempting to strike his airbase once more. The formation tookoff before the Israeli Phantoms reached the airbase and so, we were vectored towards the Phantoms who were flying as if searching for something. Nasr immediately maneuvered behind one of them. In response the Phantom pilot tried to escape multiple times and the dogfight went on for minutes, until Nas finally closed in on him and fired a missile which exploded under the right wing which destroyed the Phantom. For Nasr, that was the happiest day of his life, he has shot down 2 Phantoms on 2 consecutive days and defended El-Mansourah Air Base which was his home.
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