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BF109e Crash
This Gerry wishes he had the quality of training you maggots are getting.

Stall diagram
The physics of a stalling wing.


Lesson Two: Immelman Turn
The basic turn required for mastering air combat will require practice and an understanding of the particular performance characteristics of your aircraft of choice. After a high speed pass, this maneuver will allow you to gain altitude while turning back toward the target for another pass. When past the target, pull back gradually on the controls, fully open the throttle, and point the aircraft's nose straight up. Look back to determine the target's flight path and in which direction you will turn to intercept him. Before decelerating to stall speed, execute a half aileron roll towards the target's flight path. At this speed, the target should pass below you giving you an opportunity to drop behind him. In the end, this will give you a good chance at a deflection shot and an eventual kill.

Tips for success:
  • Do not stall at the top of the turn. Monitor your airspeed to ensure adequate thrust to complete the turn.
  • Never execute the Immelman when within gun range of the target. This is not an evasive maneuver. You will only present the enemy with a sitting, and soon to be dead, duck.
  • Be prepared to turn either left or right depending on the actions of the target. Making the wrong choice will put you back to square one and no advantage!

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