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Big, large radius turns on the verge of stalling.
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Hint: Keep it at Va.
Also the type of aircraft you're using will dictate the terms of the fight. In general
most of the U.S. aircraft will be better suited to a "Boom and Zoom" fight. Meaning get above your victim.. err target and come down on him take a firing pass (boom) and then climb up and out, preferably into the sun (zoom). Come around and do it all over again. The last thing you want to do, as a pilot of a B&Z, in a fight with a knife fighter (explained a little later) is get into
a knife fight with him. The U.S. aircraft will take a beating and they like to fly fast and straight.
The German and more so the Japanese aircraft are more suited to the knife fight (dogfight). If you're flying one of these aircraft your goal will be to draw the B&Z guy into a turning battle and suck his energy out. Once the B&Z gets slow his only option is to dive and run to try and re-establish control of the fight.
Now, of course, the exception. If you're fighting against a similar (or the same) aircraft you can, at your will, use any technique you want because the aircraft are matched in performance. But if you're doing the classic US. v Germany, Japan then you want to fly to the strengths of your aircraft and exploit the weaknesses of your opponent.
Altitude is engergy, enrgey is speed, speed is life!
If anyone is really
into this stuff Robert Shaw has a book called "Fighter Combat" published by the Naval Press. Very good read on the theories and practices of aerial combat.
But remember this, if you only remember one thing, don't shoot until your target fills your entire gun sight!