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originally posted by: BASSPLYR
Poor little sky hawk. Wonder if the f22 pilot clubs baby seals too. Or steals candy from babies.
A f22 hunting a A4 is like stephen hawkings trying to escape a hungry tiger on a muddy rutted dirt path in the middle of the cambodian jungle. [/q
1. Use surprise to get the upper hand. Strike from above while keeping the sun at your back, Boelcke said.
2. Once engaged, remain committed to the battle. Never flee, he maintained. Always, hang in there and let the other guy retreat. Running from a fight only leaves a pilot at the mercy of pursuers.
3. Get close to the enemy before pulling the trigger. Blazing away at a distant target is just a waste of ammo. Boelcke recommended his pilots to close to within at least 100 m or closer before opening fire.
4. Keep your eye on the enemy at all times, even if you think he’s going down. Too often, outmatched pilots looking to escape from a losing fight would feign a fatal hit and nose their machines over into bogus death spirals. Don’t be fooled, the German squadron leader advised. Follow a defeated opponent’s kite down to the ground to make sure he’s finished.
5. Always get in behind your enemy. Head on passes are risky and trying to hit a plane that’s travelling across your flight path is near impossible, Boelcke warned. Stay on the enemy’s tail and you’ll eventually prevail, he said.
6. Point your plane at danger. When surprised by an enemy, don’t run, Boelcke said. Always attack! Turn your guns onto the threat, even if the enemy is diving on you. Steal the initiative, put him on the defensive and then look for the chance to get on his tail.
7. Use caution, especially when over enemy lines. While retreat is rarely a safe option in any dogfight, Boelcke maintained, when mixing it up over hostile territory, keep an eye on the compass and always have an escape route back to friendly lines open just in case.