The pilot has the call sign "Popov36", his wingman is "Popov35". Other call signs in the transcript are: "Manila Hotel", "Manila 34" and "Lightning34", which the paper said are three US marine air controllers based on the ground with the British units.

 

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Manila Hotel [13:40:52 GMT]: "Yeah, Popov36, Manila Hotel. I've got other aircraft up this push. Not sure they're coming to me. Someone else might be working this freak."

 

Popov35 [13:41:00]: "Yeah, Manila34 is working them, roger."

 

Popov35: "The F18s are working Manila34, break, break."

 

Popov36 [13:40:12]: "Yeah, I see that, you see I'm going to roll down."

 

Manila34 [13:40:15]: "Break, be advised Manila34 is not working the F18s unless they are trying to check in with me, over."

 

Popov35 [13:41:21]: "Copy."

 

Popov36 [13:41:24]: "OK, do you see the orange things on top of them?"

 

Manila Hotel [13:41:32]: "Popov36 from Manila Hotel. Are you able to switch to Crimson?"

 

Popov36 [13:41:37]: "Popov36 is rolling in."

 

Manila Hotel [13:41:40]: "Tell you what."

 

Popov35 [13:41:41]: "I'm coming off west. You roll in. It looks like they are exactly what we're talking about."

 

Popov36 [13:41:49]: "We got visual."

 

Popov36 [13:41:50]: "OK. I want to get that first one in before he gets to that town then."

 

Popov35 [13:41:53]: "Get him - get him."

 

Popov36 [13:41:55]: "All right, we got rocket launchers, it looks like. Number 2 is rolling in from the south to the north, and 2's in."

 

Popov35 [13:42:04]: "Get it."

 

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- Later it becomes clear that they have hit a "friendly" target in what is referred as a "blue on blue situation" -

 

Lightning34 [13:44:12]: "Roger, Popov. Be advised that in the 3122 and 3222 group box you have friendly armour in the area. Yellow, small armoured tanks. Just be advised."

 

Popov35 [13:44:16]: "Ahh [expletive]."

 

Popov35 [13:44:19]: "Got a - got a smoke."

 

Lightning34 [13:44:21]: "Hey, Popov34, abort your mission. You got a, looks we might have a blue on blue situation."

 

Popov35 [13:44:25]: "[Expletive]. God bless it."

 

Popov35 [13:44:29]: "Popov34."

 

Popov35 [13:44:35]: "[Expletive], [expletive], [expletive]."

 

Manila34 [13:44:36]: "Popov34, this is Manila34. Did you copy my last, over?"

 

Popov35 [13:44:39]: "I did."

 

Popov35 [13:44:47]: "Confirm those are friendlies on that side of the canal."

 

Popov35 [13:44:51]: "[Expletive]."

 

Manila34 [13:44:58]: "Standby Popov."

 

Popov36 [13:45:04]: "God dammit."

 

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Manila34 [13:47:02]: "Roger, we are getting an initial brief that there was one killed and one wounded, over."

 

Popov35 [13:47:09]: "Copy. RTB [return to base]."

 

Popov35 [13:47:18]: "I'm going to be sick."

 

Popov36 [13:47:24]: "Ah [expletive]."

 

Popov35 [13:47:48]: "Did you hear?"

 

Popov36 [13:47:51]: "Yeah, this sucks."

 

Popov35 [13:47:52]: "We're in jail, dude."

 

Popov36 [13:47:59]: "Aah."

 

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