I'm looking to identify a science fiction story I read in a magazine ages ago. I think around 2010, though it may have been a few years either side of that. It might have been in Analog, Asimov's, or another big-name magazine, though I can't find it in any of their searchable archives.

The title was something like "Angels at (something)," where the something is a number, like the way fighter pilots would call out contacts. It's about mysterious alien craft attacking human aircraft, but only above certain altitudes, and the human fighter pilots who have to confront them.

(Searches so far show a story called "Rendezvous at Angels Thirty" by Tom Ligon in Analog May 2009 — I don't think it's that though based on the description.)

  • My brain immediately kicks up the name "Angels at Apogee," but I think it was earlier.
    – DavidW
    Commented Jun 15 at 13:55
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  • Rendezvous at Angels Thirty - "This is an interesting tale of simulated flight, a simulation pilot reliving historical combat engagements. I enjoyed the characterization and the time period references a lot. The ‘mystery’ that the main character, the pilot, is seeking to solve draws the plot along nicely and the technology used is described in as much detail as required to make believable. And I’m always a fan of air combat and those scenes were well done." Doesn't match your story in the slightest.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 15 at 14:42
  • Not Angels at the Border (by Ian Rennie; magazine.metaphorosis.com/story/2017/…
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 15 at 14:44
  • There are only three stories on ISFDB with the title "Angels at" and it doesn't appear to be any of them; isfdb.org/cgi-bin/se.cgi?arg=Angels+at&type=Fiction+Titles. There's only one "At Angel"; isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?173413 and it's not that one either.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 15 at 14:45


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