Aerial Dogfight with Tracers - Page 3

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Aerial Dogfight with Tracers

7. It was a common practice on fighter planes to load every 5th round with a tracer round to aid in aiming. This was a bad mistake. Tracers had different ballistics so (at long range) if your tracers were hitting the target 80% of your rounds were missing. Worse yet tracers instantly told your enemy he was under fire and from which direction. Worst of all was the practice of loading a string of tracers at the end of the belt to tell you that you were out of ammo. This was definitely not something you wanted to tell the enemy. Units that stopped using tracers saw their success rate nearly double and their loss rate go down.

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