Baron’s Combat Corner

‘Angles’ and ‘Energy’ tactics

We’re flying interlocking circles but on differing planes. Descending, we pass one another once, twice, three times at ridiculous angles, with neither of us in a position to fire. I feel like I’m gaining but not very much and I’m excited and impatient and getting terribly frustrated that I can’t get a shot. I’ve worked the angle down to where our paths are crossing at 40-to-60 degrees. What you want, ideally, is zero-to-10, with the enemy either moving almost directly away or coming almost straight at you. At anything over 30 degrees, it’s almost pointless to shoot with a fixed sight.”
Col ‘Bud’ Anderson

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