We were the target for the last intercept.
Date: Aug. 17, 1978
Location: In the Med about 80 nm south of Marseille, France
Squadron: VF-74, flying F-4s in CVW-17 aboard USS Forrestal (CV-59)
Target pilot: Sammy Bonnano (USN)
Target RIO: Dave “Fly” Svajda (checking the spelling, it’s Svajda)
Shooter / USAF pilot: Jim Simons, on an exchange tour (Greyhound)
Shooter’s RIO: Scot Callaway (Bugs)
The weapon was an AIM-9H.
Narrative from the target RIO, Fly...
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