This is the second part of a series, you can read part one here.

The Egyptian Air Force. That was the true menace. Soldiers and tanks, the royalists could manage. But against the enemy MiG 17 fighters and Ilyushin II-28 bombers they were helpless.

So, the mercenaries’ first task seemed simple: recce Sanaa, the Yemeni capital and main Egyptian base, and raid its airfield; a quick and clean operation.

Johnny Cooper led a six-man team, four SAS troopers “on leave” and two French intelligence service officers.