wild weasel

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wild weasel

A general term for a dedicated EW (electronic warfare) platform based on a combat aircraft airframe. The term is more often used for Phantom F-4 ECM aircraft.
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Those interested in the Wild Weasel mission as it was practiced in Iraq in 1991, and perhaps life as a deployed crew in Bahrain at that time, will find this account fascinating.
Although the Commando Nail F-105Fs supported McConnell's RTU mission, their lack of Wild Weasel equipment delayed McConnell's 561st TFS when it gave up its RTU mission in April 1970, and picked up the Wild Weasel mission with F-105Gs--modified F-105Fs with advanced Wild Weasel equipment.
The squadron flew fewer Commando Nail missions in their dual-capable aircraft, preferring to fly these missions in their six more accurate 2098-modified aircraft and to use their dual-capable planes for Wild Weasel missions. (143) "In March, 58 of the 75 Commando Nail sorties flown were with the '2098' aircraft, although all were not flown with full '2098' capability due to equipment reliability problems." The new equipment lacked spare parts and technical data, and the new CRTs had a high failure rate.
Sherrill was to be the last commander of the 44th TFS who flew night Commando Nail missions as well as Wild Weasel missions. (172)
The descriptions of Wild Weasel missions, as well as an analysis at the end, add to this book's interest and value.
The book does offer fascinating descriptions of two specialized uses of the F-100 in the Vietnam War--on Misty forward air controller and Wild Weasel missions. Alas, it includes barely any descriptions of the aircraft's bread-and-butter combat missions--close air support and battlefield interdiction in South Vietnam.
After a month of flying Wild Weasel missions, he had developed the scheme for replacing the rear-seat Raider pilots with Wild Weasel EWOs and had won the backing of his wing commander, Col.