I’m reading a textbook on dogfighting tactics, and it’s really interesting. Here is one misconception that this book cleared up in the introduction. I couldn’t resist passing it on.

Me, being the naive non fighter pilot that I am, guessed that mid-air tactics were much less important  today than in the past. After all, missiles are way better and planes move so fast, how much strategy could really go into an engagement. I assumed it was all about instincts and split second decisions. Not so. This author argues that because planes are faster, they turn slower and so most engagements actually become much more of a chess match than previous dogfights in history. Now, more than ever before, is the time for refined fighter tactics.


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