BOOM AND ZOOM GUIDE Made by AuraDesru
Hello World of Warplane Users,
Today, I will be talking about a fighting style called, Boom And Zoom. This concept was very popular among many aces in WW2 and was very effective during aerial combat. Boom and zoom basically takes advantage of your position being higher then the enemy, therefore having more energy and being faster then the enemy below you. Energy is very important during this tenique because it insures you that you can manuever and get your plane to safety from the enemy. A plane without energy (Your target below you) will have drawbacks to engaging you because he/she will not be able to:
1: Chase you because his/her plane doesn't have the speed to chase you, resulting in a stall
2: He/she can't dive because her/his plane has barly enough space to invade except banking right or left
3: If he/she turns her plane to the left or right, resulting in loosing speed ( keeping your plane fast is important in aerial combat)
Boom and zoom consists of 4 phases ( Excuse the name). Your plane will Climb, Dive, Boom and then zoom. Basically you climb to get a higher alt on your target that you sek. You then dive on him and shoot him (boom). You use the energy that you gained from your dive and climb all the way back to safety from the enemy in the zoom. (It's kinda of like a drive by....)
^This diagram shows you how boom and zoom should look like when you do it correctly. Plane Red is going to be at a higher alt than plane blue. Once he spotted plane blue, he will dive on him and shoot plane blue to begin the boom. Once plane blue has realized he has a enemy on his six. (If Plane blue doesn't die of course) Plane blue will try to pursue plane red if he is foolish enough to.
This video will show/teach you an example of how it's done properly...
0:00 - 0:09 ( I've already climbed to 1300 meters and scanned the skies and picked my target) Phase 1
0:09 - 0:16 ( I began to dive on the target) Phase 2
0:16 - 0:19 ( I started doing the boom ( shoot the enemy) ) Phase 3
0:19 - 0:34 ( I used my energy to zoom up and have the P-36 stall)
I didn't kill him on my first pass but notice that I didn't turn because I didn't get enough shots into him but kept patient and played it safe by completeing the phases. Then I repeated the steps of the boom and zoom to kill my enemy. Boom and Zoom takes a lot of patience and self control. You can't be greedy or you'll get yourself into a bad situation.
Something that you should keep in mind is what kind of aircraft your flying. For example, BF109 and the P-40 are excellent boom and zoomers because of the dive and climb rate they have. They're really good light fighters that can boom and zoom. If we are to talk about the german heavy fighter line. They're all pure boom and zoomers with excelent firepower and climb rate. Russians, Japanese, and British Light planes usually don't do well doing this concept because they can't climb as well as the american or german planes. They're more suited to a different play style called turn and burn. ( Which I will cover in another guide or something ). Make sure you have a aircraft that can climb and dive well. Those are essential to making BnZ work. Another thing you might keep in notice is to always look around your surroundings before you boom and zoom. ( hint: Those Germany heavy fighters.....) ALWAYS.. I can't express this enough... ALWAYS check your surroundings for planes higher then you because if they catch you on your zoom. You're probably dead because your in a stall or slower then he/she is. So always check your six and everywhere around you for enemy fighters. You should also check in the loading battle screen with your competetion. They'll always show whether your manueverable or faster then him/her's plane. Knowing your planes and what they can do and can't do is important in aerial combat.
Anyways, remember the four phases of boom and zoom.
Phase 1 : Climb
Phase 2: Dive
Phase 3: Boom
Phase 4: Zoom
If you remember these phases and do them correctly and properly with PATIENCE AND SELF CONTROL ( LOOKING AT YOU GREEDY PLAYERS O_O).
You'll probably exceed and enjoy your aircraft way more then you got it the first time because you were playing it wrong xD.
Thanks for reading.. Hoped this help <3
Edited by AuraDesru, 20 November 2013 - 07:26 AM.