We played a game of Team Yankee on Thursday evening, pitting 200 points of Soviets against a similar points value of British and West Germans. One of the Soviet players had no 6mm forces, so I made up a battlegroup from my collection, but realised I'd never got round to any fixed wing air assets. So, I dug out a pair of Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoots (Rooks) and gave them a paint job as recommended in the Team Yankee rule book, which seems to match contemporary images that I could find on the internet.
Although I've got loads of unpainted Soviet aircraft (most the fruits of a Gauntlet bring and buy purchase a couple of years back), the following pictures show the current extent of their readiness.
A pair of Mil Mi-24 Hinds (Flying Tanks), which I've already posted pictures of a while back.
A pair of Mil Mi-8 Hips, again I've posted pics of these previously.
Then the pair of Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoots (Ravens), complete with their hand painted red stars.
I need to add another pair to have the full flight functionality for Team Yankee. In our game on Thursday, the Soviets took a flight of 2 Frogfoots and 6 Hinds. The 2 Frogfoots were nuisance value as they came on individually and the West German air defences were able to deal with them. The Hinds rampaged through the British armour as the Brits had left their air defences behind so relied on their AA MGs, but came a cropper against the West Germans. The 6 strong Hind flight attempted a strike on an M109 battery in the West German rear, but this was in range of the 3 local defence AA .50 cals on the M109s, as well as 2 Roland batteries and a Gepard battery. Scratch 5 Hinds for the loss of a single M109. This seems to reflect a general vulnerability of the Hinds in Team Yankee, which belies the Flying Tank reputation, as soon as they come up against any serious AA assets.
Thanks for looking.