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Old 07-02-2015, 02:07 AM   #6
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Arrow It's not the size of the dog in the fight

The Exorcist Merrin VS Pazuzu...
It's the size of the fight in the dog..The term dogfight has been used for centuries to describe a melee; a fierce, fast-paced battle between 2 or more opponents..The term gained popularity during World War II, although its origin in air combat can be traced to the latter years of World War I..The first written reference to the modern day usage of the word comes from Fly Papers, by A. E. Illingworth, in 1919, “The battle develops into a ‘dog-fight’, small groups of machines engaging each other in a fight to the darth.”.. The term fighter ace generally applies to any pilot who eliminates 5 opponent craft in the air (or, in Germany during World War I, ten aircraft), although not necessarily in a dogfight..The Scissors is an aerial dog fighting maneuver,commonly used by military fighter pilots before the advent of high thrust-to-weight fighters (which allow for extended maneuvering in the vertical plane) in the late 1950s to mid-1960s and later, and before the perfection of the all-aspect air-to-air missile, and reliable BVR (beyond-visual-range) weapons...Modern day fighter pilots have compared dogfighting—with its intense maneuvering, leaving little margin for error—akin to "knife fighting in a phone booth"...

An F-105D shoots down a MiG-17 during the Vietnam War, 1967...

Airplane technology rapidly increased in sophistication after World War I.. By 1936, dogfighting was thought to be a thing of the past, since aircraft were reaching top speeds of over 250 miles per hour (400 km/h)..The experiences of the Spanish civil war proved this theory was wrong..At the beginning of the war, new tactics were developed, most notably in the Luftwaffe Condor Legion..Aircraft such as the Nakajima Ki-27 and Nakajima Ki-43 and the Mitsubishi A6M Zero in Japan, and the Fiat G.50 and Macchi C.200 in Italy epitomised a generation of monoplanes designed to this concept..Immediately following the Spanish civil war came World War II, during which dogfighting was most prevalent.. It was widely believed that strategic bombing alone was synonymous with air power; a fallacy that would not be fully understood until Vietnam..Dogfighting was very prominent in the skies over Europe..After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, in the Hawaiian Islands, the United States entered the war.. The Japanese used the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, an extremely lightweight fighter known for its exceptional range and maneuverability...

Technology advanced extremely fast during World War II in ways that would change dogfighting forever. Jet propulsion had been demonstrated long before the war, by German engineer Hans von Ohain in 1934, and by British engineer Frank Whittle in 1937..Enemy pilots were construed as weak and evil.. For example in World War II, describing the Soviet tactics, the Luftwaffe claimed that, "The characteristic feature of the average Soviet fighter pilot were a tendency toward caution and reluctance instead of toughness and stamina, brute strength instead of genuine combat efficiency, abysmal hatred instead of fairness and chivalry..Although usually outnumbered, the Israelis managed to defeat the air forces of Egypt, Jordan and Syria in dogfights, often achieving kill ratios ranging from 10:1 to over 20:1, which is usually attributed to better training of the Israeli pilots and a technological advantage..By the end of the 1971 war, the Indians claimed 44 kills (all confirmed or probable) and 24 losses in dogfights, while Pakistan claimed 156 kills (38 confirmed or probable) and 55 losses.. The Sea Harrier, being initially designed as a ground-attack fighter, was equipped not for dogfighting but for Soviet bomber interception; thus the aircraft had to undergo many modifications, and the pilots needed extra training..In the Gulf War of dogfighting once again proved its usefulness when the Coalition Air Force had to face off against the Iraqi Air Force, which at the time was the 5th largest in the world.. By the second day of the war, the U.S. achieved air superiority..During the Balkans conflict, 5 MiG-29s of the Yugoslav Air Force were shot down in dogfights with NATO aircraft..Superiority in a dogfight can depend on a pilot's experience and skill, and the agility of his fighter when flown at minimum air speeds approaching loss of control (causing a danger of stalling); the winner typically plays to the strengths of his own aircraft while forcing his adversary to fly at a design disadvantage..Today modern advances in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle have thrown into question the continuing relevance of dogfighting.. A computer-chip can be subject to far greater G-forces than a human pilot even with a G-suit..., this is Ghost Rider requesting a flyby..Negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full..Started up on a 6, when he pulled from the clouds , and then I moved in above him...

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