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Old 02-11-2019, 11:38 AM   #21
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I have the benefit of living close to a large Nato Airbase and also next to a Training Area.

It depends a lot on the weather and humidity too, how far you can spot & track an airplane.

I'd say 5-7nm is about max I would agree to under optimal conditions. You may hear them going full AB but you still have to look and look even more to spot them.

On a clear cold night, it's a a lot easier to spot them, the worst might be a very hot and humid day.
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Old 02-11-2019, 02:22 PM   #22
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Large fighters are visible just inside 7-8nm head-on, and that's not a 'look around and you'll spot them' sort of thing, you have to know where to look. That figure is from a USAF study - but don't quote me on it, I don't have it handy right now.
was referring to in game, as you can see the little black dots out to about that far out.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:27 PM   #23
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One thing to remember as well that saying you can spot something at 5-7nm or whatever is not in every condition or situation. And then maintaining about holding visual lock is another thing while flying. Looking away for even a few seconds can make it very easy to lose a contact when they manoeuvring and you are as well. I think its a learned skill in many cases, and even more so in a sim/game.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:40 PM   #24
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The studies specify conditions, naturally.

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One thing to remember as well that saying you can spot something at 5-7nm or whatever is not in every condition or situation. And then maintaining about holding visual lock is another thing while flying. Looking away for even a few seconds can make it very easy to lose a contact when they manoeuvring and you are as well. I think its a learned skill in many cases, and even more so in a sim/game.
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