High Altitude Bombing

Discussion in 'Bomber Tactics' started by 1DOGFITE, Nov 18, 2008.


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    PREFACE: The following procedure will help you to become a more accurate and effective bomber pilot. This is a procedure that I have come to realize is the easiest and fastest way to be "drop bomb ready" and be so accurate that you can hit a gnat on a fleas arse at 10,000ft.

    Chapter 1: Flight plan
    The first thing you should do before you even take off is to have a "Flight Plan". This plan should include the target you wish to destroy, a flight path to your target, and the altitude you wish to be at time of your "Bombing Run". "Bombing Run" is the term I use for when you come to the point in flight where you go level and get ready to drop your bombs.
    1)Targets: There are several different kinds of targets. Please refer to the clipboard map for the location and number of targets per each size of base.
    2)Flight path: The path from the Base where you Take Off to the Target. I generally Take Off from a base where I can climb-out about 1 and a half sectors before coming to the Radar of the target.
    3)Altitude: Altitude is very important. You want to be at least 8,000ft to avoid being shot down by ack. On the other hand, you want to be high enough as to not allow enemy fighters to be able to climb up with you and kill you without dropping a single bomb.
    4)Direction of Flight: Pick a departure base that will allow you to get more altitude as possible. Look on the map for the best "Line-up" for your "Bombing Run" considering the size of base you are attacking.

    CHAPTER 2: Picking a Direction of Flight
    When you have picked your bomber, load-out, and amount of fuel from the hanger, Go to the Tower and see which is the best direction to Take-Off. Make sure you DO NOT pick a direction where you will not have enough room to climb out even if you have to turn. The best directions are ones that will take a minimum of turns to be lined up at a 45 degree angle to a base. Once you have picked a direction, you are ready to Take Off.

    CHAPTER 3: Taking Off
    When your plane hits the runway for Take Off, make sure you have your flaps UP. This is accomplished by hitting the "w" key twice. Auto climb out and wait for drones to attach themselves to your plane. Once they have attached themselves, you now become a "Flight". You are now ready to turn for you first leg of your flight plan.

    CHAPTER 4: Route to Target
    Once you are on auto climb and your drones have attached themselves, you will get the best climb rate for the distance traveled by setting a speed of 5 mph slower than the default indicated speed located on your E6B page. To engage a speed command, you must type in the speed command. For Example: If you are in Lancasters and want to get the best climb rate for the distance traveled, use a speed of 150. Type in .speed 150...and from the F-3 mode, you will see your nose rise slightly. Also be advised, plan a route that will not be going over factories or towards enemy cons. When you arrive at the targets Radar Circle, prepare for your "Bombing Run".

    CHAPTER 5: The Bombing Run
    Once you have gained the altitude you want (at the targets Radar Circle) and you have turned to target, go to auto level, open bay doors, and throttle back to a Boost of 1. In Lancasters, this should level out with a climb rate of +1/-1 to ZERO. NOTE: That can be done with any Hi-Alt bomber by checking the MPH and MP (max cruise) located and listed in the E6B. Throttle back/forward to get your climb rate at 0. When you have reached this then go to F-6 mode and calibrate.

    CHAPTER 6: Calibration
    Calibration is done using the F-6 mode. Once in bomb sites, press "u" then press "Y" and hold for at least 2 seconds. Holding down "y" for 8 to 10 seconds gives you a better calibration. Then press "u" again. Use your "J' and "L" buttons (rudder control) to line up on targets. Keep your E6B up for quick check on true speed in relation to calibrated speed and climb rate. If your speeds get off from the rudder turn, throttle to compensate. If your true speed is slower than your calibrated speed then "Pickle" your salvo a bit past the target. If your true speed is faster, then "Pickle" a bit before the target.

    CHAPTER 7: Salvo and Delays
    Salvo is the number of bombs that will drop when you "Pickle". Delay is the spacing between bombs when you "Pickle".
    1)500lb bombs - A Salvo of 3 with a Delay of .05 is effective if you are calibrated "On the Money". A salvo of 4 with a Delay of .06 is effective if your calibrated speed is +/- 2 off.
    2)1,000lb bombs - A salvo of 2 with a Delay of .05 is effective if you are calibrated "On the Money". A salvo of 3 with a delay of .06 if you are =/- 2 off.

    *NOTE* If you have any questions concerning any part of this procedure, I am readily available to answer questions. I am also available for training if you want to "Join Me" in a bomber. Direct questions to 1DOGFITE. Happy Hunting!!!!!!
    #1 1DOGFITE, Nov 18, 2008
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  2. P1gPen

    P1gPen New Member

    Jun 22, 2008
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    This is great DogFite!!! Thanks for posting.

    Question on Calibration. You don't mention keeping your crossharis stationery on a target during calibration. Whenever I calibrate, I try to use my jopystick to keep my crosshairs on one point on the ground while holding "Y" ... is that correct or not required?

    1DOGFITE Guest

    Sir, When you are on your bomb run, the base that you are targeting should already be visable from your F-3 mode. Make sure that you are lined up to the target base in this mode. You should already have your bay doors open and switch to the cockpit view and throttle back to boost of 1. Then switch back to F-3 with your E6B still up...Check your climb rate (which should be at 0) then go to F-6 mode and calibrate. When you have calibrated, the base should be in the top of your bomb site. Line up the verticle line of your crosshair on target...then Zoom in with your E6B visable. Check true speed in relation to calibrated speed and climb rate. Drop bombs in sinc with your difference between the speeds. I hope this answers your question P1gPen..< S>

    PS You shoul already be calibrated before you een have the target in your bombsites.
    #3 1DOGFITE, Nov 19, 2008
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  4. Waystin2

    Waystin2 Administrator
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    Dec 20, 2007
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    Hello Dogfite,

    Great write-up Sir! I am reviewing and I am looking forward to becoming your student in the near future.

  5. Bugs

    Bugs Member

    Nov 26, 2008
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    Great write up and I wish I would have had this when I started bombing! I did learn some things the hard way. I have a couple of things to add that I have learned from others or on my own.

    CHAPTER 4: Route to Target
    Once I am up, with drones in formation, and auto-climb or auto-level set I go to F4 view and from there you can change direction of flight by twisting the rudder control. Your lead plane will turn without disengaging auto-climb or auto-level and your drones will follow. You do have to watch how hard you turn or your drones will not stay with you. When you are done turning simply let go of the rudder and you will return to auto-climb or auto-level automatically. This is much more effective than the usual "J" or "L" turn used from cockpit view and is much more controlled than trying to turn in manual control from cockpit view. GREAT for formation flying to all stay same speed and climb rate.

    CHAPTER 5: The Bombing Run
    I don't like slowing down. The enemy fighters can only get to you faster that way. If you fly level long enough your climb will even out to zero. Your plane only continues to climb if it is still accelerating. As long as you level out about 1 dar ring radius from your target the plane will have reached its max speed and will not be climbing anymore (with doors open). You can also dive slightly before the run to gain the max level speed so your plane will not be climbing. This will help if you don't have the time to let the plane reach max speed before approaching your tgt. You can go to calibration mode and watch the current alt and calibrated alt there: if its not gaining or losing alt then hold the "Y" key without touching anything else. Do this just before you are ready to bomb. Make no further adjustments to speed or direction after calibrating, if you do then you should calibrate again. Making minimal changes in direction will cause some inaccuracy but may still be close enough if you don't have time to recalibrate.
  6. FeO2BKT

    FeO2BKT New Member

    Jul 17, 2010
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    didn't know about the .speed command...thank you very much sir!

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