World: What It's Like To Face Tilim

"I'm familiar with the SA-2s. I fought them a year ago. Only now the quantity and quality have changed." The speaker, a 30-year-old Israeli Air Force major, last week told TIME how the air war around the Suez Canal has changed, and what it feels like to cope with volleys of the lethal Soviet missiles.

THE moment you pass the canal, your blood pressure rises. The tension is there. No doubt about it. It's just like an actor or someone who has to make an important speech. When he gets up in front of his audience, he has butterflies in his stomach,...

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