Last night several people have asked to put together something for those who are starting out in FRB so this thread will get us off the ground. This is based upon my learning experience so far. WT is my first flight sim but isn't first dogfighting game. I literally had to forget most of the things I knew and pretty much start over because this is totally different from everything that I have played before (BF1942, Desert Combat, BF2/3, Planetside 2). - Take offs and Landings Google the videos, its pretty simple if you do it right. Knowing how to land your plane is very important. Imagine landing it when its damaged while you got a enemy on your 6. -Test Flight Practice *It will grow on you. I go into test flight every time I try out a new plane. I want to know what it can and can not do. The handling is always different from HB mode but the basics are still the same. *When in Test Flight, give yourself some objectives. Since there is only one ground target in test flight, you can always restart it after taking it out but what I focus on is how I take it out. Bombs, noseguns, cannons only, machine guns only etc. *Another thing I would do is when using headtracking, try making a perfect circle over the target while looking at it without letting it get out of sight. Try doing this at different altitudes and notice the difference in how your plane handles. *Work on your trims. Find out which trims your plane has. *Find out how your plane reacts to sharp turns, at which point will it throw you into a spin and how to recover from it. *Practice stalling your plane and how to use it to your advantage. *Try to realize that at this point the plane is a part of you and it will fly well if you're carful even when pushing it to the limits. Learn what those limits are. -Use FRB War Thunder Forums The FRB community is very friendly and helpful. People realize that that if they act like douchebags, the community will shrink. Here is the link http://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?/forum/147-frb-discussion/ Helpful Links: Video settings http://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?/topic/28020-graphics-tweaks-for-improved-visibility/ Knowing how to fly your plane and shoot at things is only half of the battle, spotting your enemy, recognizing that its not a friendly and keeping him in your line of sight is very difficult so its very important that you can always see him while checking your six at the same time. Couple of videos in this thread will help you get started and kind of point you the right direction http://nononsensegamers.com/forums/threads/frb-basics-video.3292/ - Headtracking Thanks to Sedsibi for finding this, it will help people get started if they don't have TrackIR http://nononsensegamers.com/forums/threads/free-face-tracking-for-war-thunder.3191/ -Fighting This is what I will be doing until I feel that I have gotten a lot better. My personal goal for every game is to shoot down at least one plane. That's it! It doesnt matter to me if its a bot or a player, of course I try going for players when I see them but the bots a brutal too and they can outfly you, shoot your pilot out of a cockpit, take you had on and fuck up your plane just enough to piss you off. They can also follow you home when you RTB. Learn your maps. It will take time. FRB maps are the same as the HB ones but the fighting is totally different as you can imagine. Fights take place at lower altitudes so you can really enjoy the landscape while running away from someone. Queue and Plane Line up It is recommended by pros to initially get started at lower tiers and if you think that flying those lower tier planes isn't fun, YOU ARE WRONG! Since the games start all the time and its just a matter of catching the right one at the right tier with the right plane, I would recommend to queue up as Random. 1.37 Updated List of Planes: RU- Yak 7B, I16, LaGG 3-8 and 3-11. Brits - Hurricane MkI and II, Spitfire MkI and IIb Japs - A6M2, KI-43-II, A7He1, Ki-61 otsu US - hmmmm....... Premium A6M2, F4F Wildcat Ger - He-112 B0, all of T2 BF109s This is all I can think of at the moment and I didn't want to bore people with lot of info right off the bet so please feel free to ask any questions you may have and we will do our best to answer them. Why did I post this you may ask... Well, here is an answer you can learn from: ALWAYS FLY WITH A WINGMAN, ITS MAKES A HUGE HUGE FUCKING HUGE DIFFERENCE. I want to see as many people as we can get doing FRB because its fucking awesome!