Watching some old films on YouTube about dogfighting has me curious about this. Definitely seems like most dogfights around this time were extremely close, involving tight formations and turns. Was there any kind of preventative collision training that the pilots went through around this time? Or was the goal just to get them through training ASAP?

  • $\begingroup$ I would think that the self-preservation instinct would be a pretty strong "anti-collision" measure. $\endgroup$
    – FreeMan
    Commented Apr 21, 2020 at 14:47
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    $\begingroup$ In WWII, some pilots were sent into action with as little as 20 hours of training, so I'm guessing that collision avoidance wasn't a big topic. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Commented Apr 21, 2020 at 15:21
  • $\begingroup$ Tight formations were going into the fight and returning to base. In the dogfight itself it was just wingmen trying to cover their leaders from further behind. In the dogfight itself the aircraft are also only just a small part of all the dangerous objects you are trying to avoid. $\endgroup$
    – Jan Hudec
    Commented Apr 22, 2020 at 6:52
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    $\begingroup$ I would guess "none" is a good answer. $\endgroup$
    – Manu H
    Commented Apr 27, 2020 at 8:06
  • $\begingroup$ @ManuH I asked this question on another site, and it finally got an answer as well. What do you guys think of this? quora.com/… $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 28, 2020 at 17:17

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No, there was no anti-collision training aside from "dodging the fireball" after enemy aircraft shootdown. The training resources and timeline didn't permit much training beyond safe employment of the aircraft gun.


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