By carrying an anti electronic action part, the Phantoms neutralized the radar systems of the Iraqi surface-to-air missiles. However, the plan still faces a big danger, Iraqi interceptor fighters. Therefore, it was decided that the high altitude bombing of the Phantoms be covered by the F-14s.
Col Abolfazl Mehreganfar(F-14 Pilot):
"I'd just return from a CAP mission. Unfortunately, we didn't find anything that day. But I'd shot down 3 of the aircrafts on the previous missions. "
July 14th 1981, Isfahan Air Base(TFB8). The Iranian army needs the bombing the defense facilities of Iraq to launch the Ramadan Operation. The Air Force summons pilots chosen for this mission. One of them is a young pilot named Abolfazl Mehreganfar.
"As long as these pilots are in this base, in such a high morale, victory is ours, because righteousness is always victorious.
"It was in the afternoon. There was a phone call from the commanding office. I had to go to the special office in Tehran the following day. I went Tehran in a Bonanza to the special office. There was a briefing. We were to fly in two F-14s, four F-4s, and an aircraft tanker. Our mission was bombing at high altitude.
"We took off from Isfahan Base in absolute silence in the morning and flew towards Tehran. Between Tehran and Isfahan, the aircraft tanker destined towards Mashhad, returned to low altitude. We made contact on the desert and continued with the refueling until we reached the mountains of Azna and Dorud above Omidiyyeh Base."
Same day, Omidiyyeh Base, Khuzestan Province. Four Phantoms are waiting on the runway of Omidiyyeh Base for the arrival of the F-14s. The Phantoms are run with various bombs to maximum the capacity. According to the flight plan, the fighters are not allowed to have radio contact and doing the mission in radio silence will guaranty the mission's success.
Two F-14s approach the runway. The F-14s make a turn above the Phantoms. The Phantoms take off on runway. The pilot of the other pilot is captain Harande.
Col Hasan Harandi(F-14 Pilot):
"The F-4s were at the runway. They took off, but we two F-14s didn't land or we weren't supposed to land. We flew one on the left and the other on the right sides of the F-4s. We climbed to 45000ft. I was on the left, Mr Mehreganfar on the right."
"I was to cover any interceptions on the right, Mr Harandi on the left. The leader of the F-4s was Capt Anet."