|Mission Name||N.A.T.O. Mission 8
|A/c||Avro Shackleton MR.3|
|Briefing|| Your Shackleton may be outdated, but it has two 20mm cannons up front, ideal for strafing ground targets. Use them to good effect on the Soviet submarine which is stuck on the surface off the German coast. Watch out for the armed patrol boat escort.
Objective - Destroy the submarine.
|Mission planning||by Phil Perrott, April 2000|
|MiGMan's Combat Diary||Taking off and using the autopilot - Shift 2 - to climb to 10,000 feet while admiring the cockpit was fun. The Engine sounds are great too.
The flight to mission area is about 300 miles - about an hour and a half at 200 knots. Unfortunately using 'X' to skip to the next waypoint dumps you directly in front of a small flotilla of patrol boats and the target sub.
It would have been nice to 'warp' out say 10 or 20 miles from the target, giving you time to find it using the view zoom - ' - and + ' - and then planning an attack run.
As it is you have to blow past the pack as fast as possible, copping a heap of rounds in the process and come around for another pass. You have 5 bombs on board - drop them using the ' 4 ' key. I found the 20mm cannons not very effective on this sub!
After 2 attempts at the mission I sunk the sub and warped home. Unfortunately there was so much damage to my control surfaces the plane was impossible to land, so it was time to bail out.
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