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bud_tugly #21 Posted 17 May 2022 - 01:13 AM

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I am in the same boat as you PotatoMD.

If you ever want to flight just hit me up.

A very interesting and informative topic 

you started,thanks

 


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Deltavee #22 Posted 17 May 2022 - 10:24 PM

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On the lighter side:

GAA are fun to use simply because you can blast the crap out of targets until the cops show up.  I usually kill only the guns on the anti-aircraft positions asap to help out anyone who will be showing up later. 

Always go where the bad guys aren't.  Low level AAA first then high level AAA. 

If you haven't already, set up a key/button to lets you get a quick look at your six as you depart a target to see if there are any boxes left.   Checking your six is always a good habit to develop anyway.

Then go after high-value stuff.  Always kill all the parts of a target to be accredited for the kill.

 

Low and Medium Era GAA are more for fun and gun but they get better and more helpful to the team as you go up the tiers.  For the most part they don't get to do really serious work until the upper tiers, 7-10. 

While it is good advice to avoid red aircraft, if you have taken a cap and it is under attack and there is nobody around to help, you pretty much have to dogfight because you can't outrun anything, basically.  It can be done.  If you finish the battle with as many air kills as ground targets destroyed, your team wasn't paying attention.

You're going to get killed a lot because you rarely get backup.  

 

Large maps are a pain in the tuchus because GAA especially low-tier are slow and getting to another target takes forever.  Sometimes it's just better to protect the area you're in.  One thing GAA have going for them is firepower.  If you're proficient and your guns are better than just stock, anything that gets in front of you will take a big hurt from a fair distance away or even be obliterated.  LFs make nice aluminium confetti.

 

Bombers are a food group. 

 

Get yourself a heavy or something with serious firepower (preferable a kilometre gun) that will fly at the same altitude and better speed than the bombers for that Tier level then get out your knife and fork and chow down. 

 

Don't attack from the rear. 

Learn how to use bigger cannons, 30mm and up, and attack from underneath and stay under the target.  Some have ridiculously effective machine guns.  Always stay out of the cone of fire of the rear gunner. 

Also, rear attacks can give you target fixation and if the tail gunner doesn't get you some yo-yo will just blat you on the way by.  Head on swivel.

 

If you have a fast enough plane, fly past or intercept the bomber or the formation outside their range, then turn into them for a nose or a front quarter attack then break off below the target to avoid the majority of the defensive MGs.  Another worthy attack is from below, into the belly.  Hose the ball turret if there is one then go for the cockpit then invert and drop away.  Think of it as a reversed zoom and boom.  Taking out engines is always worthwhile.

 

Using large cannons 37mm and up requires substantial practice, ask any of the GAA guys. Hitting a target from a kilometre away with the big bore stuff takes practice and don't forget to compensate for the drop in the ballistic arc as well as the deflection.  They're different for each cannon. Use the bottom of the reticle circle instead of the pip in the middle as a starting point and compensate from there.  Big cannon shells are very slow movers compared to 20mm and MGs but when they hit....

Hitting a bomber directly in the cockpit during a nose attack with a large cannon produces gratifying results.

 

Maybe hit the practice area and shoot up some mountains to get a handle on the range and drop variables for the different calibre cannon. 

Deflection shooting is an acquirable skill and it's a very good one to develop a la George Buerling, Canadian Spit pilot.  He was a master at it.

Practice, practice, practice.

 

But have fun, always.

Cheers


Edited by Deltavee, 17 May 2022 - 10:31 PM.

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