Just played the Bear mission for an hour or so, quite enjoyable! Only shot down once, not counting my belly landing at Tblisi
Woulda been much more fun with another player or two though, as I happened across an enemy convoy which, after I killed its accompanying SA-19, shot me down with an SA-8 or something. I got a new plane and wrecked the convoy and then happened across a frendly group of T-72s moving toward a group of about 10 T-80s. I managed to do some actual CAS for the first time over the battlefield in an offensive manner, it was a blast! There was a group of 2-3 BMPs and a T-80 and a few troops farther inside enemy territory but I was out of ammo so I went to rearm at Tblisi.
I was hoping to get there in time to mop up the BMPs and T-80, but they'd decimated the friendly T-72s while I was rearming, that's kinda shocking isn't it? I mean the BMPs fired first and farther than the friendlies but wow. It was kinda disappointing to see 'my' convoy on fire when I returned to help em out, but the fact I felt bad shows the amount of fun this hop was. It woulda been fun to see how far we could take them with more air support!!
Only issues were a tailless and wingless A-10 at 42000 feet and still climbing, and another Hog with engines on fire and one wing missing just flying along fine. Both appeared well off map, and the missing wing A-10 looked like it was flying at night..