Ok, we've all read the pages and pages of stuff about how to dogfight, we all understand the principles of height=energy=speed=survival.. we KNOW all this stuff... so why do we keep getting blown outta the sky so frequently?
You can put it down to the OKL planes being pretty much superior to what we're flying in VEF2 at the moment... but why aren't we shooting at least a few of them down?
Sure, we sometimes get a mission where we get a good result, but all too often, we're getting ripped into faster than you can say "Check your six!"!
I've played a few missions of late and I reckon I've found at least one problem which we can address immediately and improve our chances of survival and mission success.
At the minute, I think we are in far too much of a hurry to get to the target. We all take off and go screaming off, dragged out in a great long line and either hurrying to catch up of having to content ourselves with being half a klick behind the next plane.
We're leaving ourselves as sitting ducks!
Bader once said that there is nothing worse than being bounced by the enemy when at climbing speed, and he's damn right!
The few missions I've flown where we take our time, get some height and THEN go for the objective have seen drastically better results.
And if we're on a ground attack mission, we need to go in line abreast, not dragged out into a flight 2 kilometres long... the enemy can just strafe right along us, only having to face one rear gunner at a time!
Our comms before we launch is great, we always agree where we're going, how we're going to get there and all that, but if we don't wait for the last plane off to get up we just present the enemy with lots of individual targets.
If we took our time, circled the airfield until everyone was up, at the same speed and height and clear as to which way to go then we'd stand a much better chance. Instead of having to face down one rear gunner, the 110 on your tail has the rear gunners of the 3 planes either side of you to worry about too.
If he does smoke you, you can bet your bum that as he overshoots from his dive there'll be 4 pairs of uber cannons drawing a bead on him instead of just you on your lonesome.
Up high, dogfighting, we need to think much more about who covers what...
From doing a bit of reading, the best place for an escort is behind and high... but not so high that diving down means reaching or exceeding the critical speed of the plane!
Ideally, excorts should be no more than 1000m higher and about the 1000m behind... it'll mean having to weave loads but it works!