Cold War fast jet pilot Ian Black on preparing for Bosnian night CAP

In the first of a two-part feature, respected Cold War fast jet pilot Ian Black reveals his thoughts and fears as he prepares for a nocturnal Combat Air Patrol through the war-torn skies of Bosnia

I wrote this as soon as I had landed after a night mission over Bosnia in early 1994. It was a dark, cold, wet night and the adrenaline was still pumping in my veins… Flying a war mission is like comparing a Premier League footballer to one playing in the World Cup – the World Cup is the ultimate kick.

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The unmistakable lines of a Dassault Mirage 2000C are captured at dusk during an Operation Deny Flight mission. Note the distinctive silhouette of the two 500lb Mk.82s bombs it is carrying. All images Ian Black unless stated otherwise

I wrote this as soon as I had landed after a night mission over Bosnia in early 1994. It was a dark, cold, wet night and the adrenaline was still pumping in my veins… Flying a war mission is like comparing a Premier League footballer to one playing in the World Cup – the World Cup is the ultimate kick.

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