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PostSubject: How to use BF3 aircraft equipped with rocket pods.   December 5th 2011, 14:53

Here is an experiment for you to try. Lay a penny on the floor. Turn around and take three steps away from it and then lay down with your head on the ground. Look for the penny. Hard to find, isnt it? Now stand back up and lay that same penny on the floor. Take three steps away from it, remain standing, turn around and look for the penny. Easy to find isnt it?

Perspective people! Get your eyes up off the deck and up to where you can have a birds eye view of the battlefield, and you will rack up vehicle kills/points and unlocks!

I usually score an average of 2000 points per game when whoring up jets with rocket pods. The key is to get some altitude! The biggest mistake I see is players running WAY too low, followed by being WAY too fast .

First, you cannot see vehicles when you are flying with your toes in the treetops (the penny experiment).

Second, when you do you have no room to dip your nose down onto the target without impacting the ground/towers/buildings. Get UP!

If you are in a fighter jet or close air support jet (Frogfoot/A-10) you need to climb at about 45 degree nose up with the afterburner off (that is what those chevrons in the center of your Heads Up Display are telling you, your pitch attitude up or down) until you gradually decellerate to 300 knots of airspeed (top left of H.U.D). Any slower and you risk getting too slow and stalling, or bumping up into the ceiling of the map. So when you slow to about 300 kts, simply pull the stick all the way back so the nose comes through the horizon (youll be upside down) and then stick left or right to rotate yoursef right-side up again. The very next thing you do is slow the fuck down some more! Slam on the brakes so that you can have some time on target and have a chance to spot enemy vehicles and unload all 14 rockets on him. At a minimum, you'll disable the vehicle so it can't move and you can finish him on the next run or get the rest of the points when a team mate finishes him off with an RPG. I usally mash the "slow down" button all the way in the descent, even as I fire on the enemy. I am usually high enough over the target and slow enough to unleash a full salvo of rockets, switch to main gun and finish him off on one single gun run.
Then pull up and hug the earth (keeps the AA missles from locking on you) and accellerate (mash the go faster button) across the map to near the other side, pull up to 45 degrees nose up pitch until you naturally slow to about 300 kts, pull the nose over and through the horizen, roll yourself over and slow down (mash the slow down button) and start all over again! If you emptied your pods, by now you should have a full load of them again. If you have not, you should have shot the remainder of them out so you get a reload as you pitch up and climb to position yourself for your next gun run.

To understand what your flight track will look like, draw a large number 8 on a piece of paper. Rotate the paper sideways. Get it?



1) Get up off the deck and gain some altitude!

2) When you nose over onto the battlefield, slow down!

3) Use your jet "Stuka Style" as a dive bomber.

These tips work with the main gun, even if you have not unlocked rockets yet. It is a good anti vehicle weapon, not just used for shooting down other aircraft. And you'll rack up points MUCH faster on ground targets than you will spending the whole game in a dogfight trying to get an airborne disable or kill. Attack ground targets instead! Try it, you'll thank me later.

Here is a bit of footage that shows a guy running rockets. It's not exactly how I described, he's kinda all over the place and way too fast, but you get the idea that you have to get up over the target to see vehicles on the ground. It helps if you have a team that is good about "spotting" enemy vehicles for you, but you can spot them yourself if need be. And by now, we all have a pretty good idea of the vehicle spawn points and normal routes people take to get into battle. Especially as a defender when playing Rush games like Caspian border or Operation Firestorm, it is easy pickins' because ground vehicles come from one direction and are exposed out in the open. Death from above! affraid

Forward to about the 3:30 minute mark to skip to the rocket use.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHjWB5f50rk&feature=related

ps. If you slow too much, you'll hear the gear come down. This wont happen in the descent, but when you level off after a dive bomb attack if you forget to let go of the "go slower" button. Hit the gas (or afterburner in a fighter jet) and you'll pick speed right up and the landing gear will come up by itself.

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PostSubject: Re: How to use BF3 aircraft equipped with rocket pods.   December 5th 2011, 18:04

Some more good rocket footage. In my opinion, he still runs too flat of a run. I prefer a steeper angle because it gives me more time on target before I have to pull up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY_3JaobhNY&feature=related

But you get the idea!

I equip flares vs extinguisher because the extinguisher takes quite a while to recharge, and if you have multiple stingers on the ground you'll never survive. I'd rather keep them off my butt in the first place with flares.

I equip airborne radar so I can see more of the battlefield and see the airborne threats farther out. It also keeps me from losing them in a dogfight.

Lastly I equip rocket pods. They do more damage and are more effective than the guided missle. I almost always get a disable or a destroy with rockets, not true with guided missle. The real kicker with the guided missle is that you are not flyin the aircraft when you are heads down looking through the missle reticle. Spend too long and you could ride the un-guided aircraft right into the ground! Nor are you aware of enemy aircraft around you. Not smart.

Here is some guided missle video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifTYzM-dq-o&feature=related

You can see, he gets some on target but often does not get any disable points. Some times you can see tank drivers deploy smoke to divert the missle. That doesn't work with unguided rockets. Point and shoot baby!
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PostSubject: Re: How to use BF3 aircraft equipped with rocket pods.   January 10th 2012, 22:10

Damn, I didnt expect this thread to draw so many views.
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PostSubject: Re: How to use BF3 aircraft equipped with rocket pods.   January 11th 2012, 08:46

lol. G I'd be happy to join the discussion, but I don't think this comp could handle BF3. I'd love to give it a go. Looks like an awesome game.

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PostSubject: Re: How to use BF3 aircraft equipped with rocket pods.   January 11th 2012, 10:19

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lol. G I'd be happy to join the discussion, but I don't think this comp could handle BF3. I'd love to give it a go. Looks like an awesome game.

My computer can't handle it either. Which is why I have a PS3! Works great. And it is an awesome game.
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PostSubject: Re: How to use BF3 aircraft equipped with rocket pods.   January 12th 2012, 22:52

Garrett wrote:
Damn, I didnt expect this thread to draw so many views.
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Up to 636 views! Folks must be getting frustrated with flying the jets in BF3.

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PostSubject: Re: How to use BF3 aircraft equipped with rocket pods.   January 13th 2012, 15:34

Holy fuck you wrote a lot.

I do agree that getting some altitude is the best thing to do when trying to take out anything or anyone that is on the ground. I am not the biggest fan of the artillery strike method, though.
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PostSubject: Re: How to use BF3 aircraft equipped with rocket pods.   January 13th 2012, 17:40

Nutri-Grain wrote:
Holy fuck you wrote a lot.

I do agree that getting some altitude is the best thing to do when trying to take out anything or anyone that is on the ground. I am not the biggest fan of the artillery strike method, though.

"Holy fuck you wrote a lot."

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"I am not the biggest fan of the artillery strike method, though."

It's my favorite method! Gets me the most points when using jets. Helicopters is another story though, I stay as low as possible so that I'm not a sitting duck for jets. What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: How to use BF3 aircraft equipped with rocket pods.   July 10th 2012, 22:00

3400 views? Damn!

Unlocked the helicopter mounted laser designator. And the guided rockets that get on target for you if you're a little off. Brutal combo! Especially with a gunner that runs guided missile as his secondary weapon and a maintenance perk.

Airborne tank baby!

Just keep it low and always keep it moving. That's the best way to prevent Igla/Stinger lock-on's. You're also tougher to see against the ground clutter when jets are on the prowl.
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PostSubject: Re: How to use BF3 aircraft equipped with rocket pods.   March 4th 2013, 20:53

Over 6000 views, that has got to be a EE forum record!

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PostSubject: Re: How to use BF3 aircraft equipped with rocket pods.   March 4th 2013, 22:19

Damn. You pilots get all the chicks.

I got around to building a new comp in August or September last year, and actually broke down and bought the game with all the expansions recently. I gotta say, I'm impressed. The attention to detail put into BF3 is amazing.

I absolutely suck as a pilot. The mouse and keyboard are okay for choppers, and I can handle myself in those, but the jets are another story. I'm either too fast, too slow, can't turn quick enough, and get shot down by every thing within reach.

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PostSubject: Re: How to use BF3 aircraft equipped with rocket pods.   March 4th 2013, 22:50

I do ok in jets, but just like you I do better in copters. It's easier to stay on target, easier to hide behind buildings/terrain when being targeted etc. Jets are too easy to shoot down. Honestly, I'm a grunt at heart and just like the old' HL2DM, DoD and FoF days I'm happier on the objective. But when I do spawn into a jet I never dogfight but use it for ground attack to support my team. Air to air battles is just a private dog fight and a waste of your team mates time. Hell, jets are more valuable using them as quick transport to an enemy held flag!

The heli is another story. VERY usefull! Two good players working as a team in a heli can do some real damage and are very valuable.
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PostSubject: Re: How to use BF3 aircraft equipped with rocket pods.   March 5th 2013, 10:44

lol, I've tried to fly but everytime I go down faster than a 2 dollar lot lizard at a truck stop.

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PostSubject: Re: How to use BF3 aircraft equipped with rocket pods.   March 5th 2013, 11:12

I hear you Chem! As stated, I generally stay out of jets because they are fun but not very useful in the game. Just like in real war, you can't take or hold territory with an airplane!

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