Gunship Academy

by Richard Sheffield

Rule 5: Always Assume That the Area is Hot

When going into an area for the first time, always expect there to be a SAM launcher over every hill and an SA-7 behind every bush. If you go rushing from one area to another thinking that there is nothing in between, you'll likely find out the hard way that this is not the case. Proceed with caution and always be ready to head to a safe area if things get too hot.

Buzzsaw made the mistake of assuming that the target he was after was the only enemy position in the area.

Figure 7-5. Lateral Unmasking
Unmasking from behind this hill laterally allows you to engage this Bunker while still out of sight of the SA-13 on the other side.

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