Here is the followup to my last video and the conclusion to my coverage of the "When You Wish Upon a Star" meta-mission. The P-80A Shooting Star is the reward from completing every major and minor mission objective, and the aircraft is well worth the effort to obtain her for free. If you are a player who is short on time and have not been able to complete the mission yet, there is still a little more than a week remaining to do so, but if success seems to be in question I will recommend that you purchase mission certificates to clear out what you are missing; even the $36 certificate package is a bargain for this aircraft, considering that it comes with the Hs.123 and a pair of hangar slots when usually a single tier VIII premium sells for at least $50.
The aircraft itself is quite versatile and a fun joyride; fast and agile, with an insane roll rate and all of her M3 50 cal MGs mounted in the nose for a tight firing pattern mirroring those of the German heavy fighters and the American P-38s. Having no cannons her range is quite limited, but once inside of 500 meters the Shooting Star can wreck almost any opponent with one pass and a single solid connecting burst of fire.
The Shooting Star's strength is in her speed and agility; more agile than other jets she will encounter and faster than most of the more maneuverable fighters she must contend with. There are two exceptions: the American P-51H Mustang and the German Me.209A. Those two aircraft are pure kryptonite to the P-80 and any half decent player will use them to shut down a rampaging P-80 right in its tracks. When flying the P-80 only engage those two aircraft when they are at an extreme disadvantage to you or if you have backup in the form of a wingman. Everything else is prey to the P-80 so long as the player is well versed in the flight tactics necessary for success in her and a pilot with decent skills has been placed in the aircraft.