What if WW3 kicked off in the 1970s? What would the after effects be?
I’d add The Road as well. A nuclear war in the latter half of the Cold War would make Dante’s Inferno look like a fun Saturday at Chuck E. Cheese. The USSR had an impressive arsenal of engineered biological weapons (smallpox, plague, anthrax etc) they planned on using also which would further add flavors to the nightmare sundae.
And Soviets didn’t have the mig23 /25 except in very small numbersGiven the USAF is still unfucking itself post-Vietnam and has almost none of its teen-series aircraft...
Yes indeedAs possibly the only person on this forum who could have started WW3 in this period, can I say that it wouldn't end well.
There's much more to air combat than who has the better fighters. The USAF, as I mentioned, is only just unfucking its pilot training, so most of the Air Force still has no Air Combat Maneuver training. This is the low ebb of the USAF's post-Vietnam tactical strength, with the USAF's active tactical fleet outnumbered by both the PVO and VVS individually. Most of its next-gen equipment isn't available - no F-16s, no A-10s, no E-3s, the F-15 is just entering service, no Lima Sidewinders or monopulse Sparrows. Readiness rates were hovering around 50% as late as 1979. And, of course, the usual caveat that the European air forces are even less well-equipped - France and Denmark are still running Super Mysteres and Super Sabres, respectively.And Soviets didn’t have the mig23 /25 except in very small numbers
It would be mostly F4 vs mig21