by Richard Sheffield
Landing Enemy Planes
Be aware that once you get that message on the HUD saying a plane is on final approach to an airbase, it's locked into landing and very vulnerable. It might be too far away to worry about, but if it's close by, it's easy cannon fodder—especially those big IL-76s.
The three decoys you carry aren't only good against enemy SAMs, they'll also fool enemy aircraft. This can come in real handy if you're surrounded by several MiGs that all have a good radar lock on you. Just pop a decoy and try to disappear before it expires. Or use the time to gain a good firing position while they chase the decoy. You might be able to take out two or three during the confusion.
Use Your Flaps
Your flaps increase your lift and decrease your stall speed, not only during takeoff and landing, but during dogfights as well. Extending your flaps will decrease your stall speed in a hard turn from 250 knots to 210 knots. This will let you hold a turn a little longer and might give you the edge you need.