Here's the procedure for takeoff:

  1. Advance the throttle to 100%
  2. Lift off at about 200 knots, but not less than that or you'll stall
  3. Retract your gear (press 6) and pitch up until about half an inch of ground is visible above the glareshield
  4. Level off at 2000 feet (or whatever altitude you want). Note that the plane is a little shaky at less than about 480 feet. They don't call this thing the "Wobblin' Goblin" for nothing!

MiGMan thanks Miles McCorsion

The easy HUD mode
The easy HUD mode