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    Aircraft FAQ by WOODENSTICK

    Version: 1.1 | Updated: 01/26/05 | Printable Version | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

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    | Battlefield: Vietnam | Hello and welcome to another High-quality FAQ 
    |  Air Vehicles FAQ    | from WOODENSTICK!
    |   By WOODENSTICK     |
    |    VERSION 1.1       |
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    Rock on!
    
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    CONTENTS
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    1. Introduction
    Introduction to Battlefield: Vietnam and the various aeroplanes and helicopters 
    talked about
    
    2. Vehicle Info
    Information on the vehicles in BF: Vietnam, including name, etc etc
    
    3. Vehicle Tutorials
    Having trouble getting it off the ground? Never fear! WOODENSTICK is here! >_>
    
    4. Combat Tips
    I fill you in on the ground-rules of air combat
    
    5. Basic/Advanced Maneuvers
    The different tricks and other stuff you can do
    
    6. FAQ
    The promised "FAQ" section
    
    7. Version History
    
    8. Special Thanks / Closing
    Its time to say goodbye. How sad
    
    9. Contact info
    
    10. Legal
    
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    Introduction
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    Battlefield: Vietnam (BFV for short) is a game which attempts to take 
    Battlefield 1942 to the jungles of Vietnam. While not nearly as succesful, the 
    game introduced some very nice things that the BFV community liked. One of 
    these was the official introduction of Helicopters. Lets face it, the Planes in 
    this game are far cooler than the ones in the previous. They go faster, look 
    cooler and pack meaner weapons.
    
    Having said that, I find Air combat to the one of the best parts of the game. 
    Its a sheer adrenaline piloting these things through the trees. While I admit 
    im not really any kind of professional at flying BFV planes (im more of a 
    kamakazie pilot, actually :D ), I have always been glad to help pick up the 
    slack when I think something needs explaining.
    
    Read this FAQ, the go out there and enjoy the BFV air vehicles!!
    
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    Vehicle Info
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    [US AIR VEHICLES]
    
    UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) Transport (Helicopter)
    -Holds 5 people
    -2 side mounted M60 machine guns
    -Can airlift certain vehicles
    
    UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) Gunship (Helicopter)
    -Holds 2 people
    -Dual missile launchers, M5 40mm nose mounted grenade launcher, M134 autocannon
    
    AH-1 Huey Cobra (Helicopter)
    -Holds 2 people
    -Dual missile pods, heat-seeking missiles and  M134 autocannon
    -Good helicopter for air conflicts
    
    ACH 47 Chinook (Helicopter)
    -Holds 6 people
    -Two forward-facing autocannons, 2 M60 machine guns and 2 missile launchers
    
    F-4 Phantom II (Plane)
    -Heat-Seeking missiles and Napalm-High speed and manuverbility
    
    A7 Corsair II (Plane)
    -Autocannon and Bombs
    -Good against helicopters and planes
    
    [NVA AIR VEHICLES]
    
    Mi8 Hip (Helicopter)
    -Holds 6 people
    -Missile launchers X4
    -Assault craft/Transport hybrid
    
    Mi8 Hip Cargo (Helicopter)
    -Holds 6 people
    -No weapons
    -Acts as mobile spawn point
    
    Mig 17 Fresco (Plane)
    -Machine gun, Bombs
    -Very fast and agile
    
    Mig 21 Fishbed
    -Machine gun, Bombs
    -good at taking out both air and ground targets
    
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    Vehicle Tutorials
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    [PLANES]
    
    Ok. If you ever flew one of these in Battlefield 1942, its the exact same 
    thing, so you could skip this. To those who havent, listen closely.
    Battlefield Vietnam planes have the following controls.
    
    | Control                  | Key assigned (in my game)
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Speed up                 | W
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Slow down                | S
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Rudder left              | A
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Rudder right             | D
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Roll left                | Left Arrow
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Roll right               | Right Arrow
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Pitch up                 | Up Arrow
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Pitch down               | Down Arrow
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Fire                     | Space
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Alt. Fire                | Ctrl
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    In addition to those, you may also note the parachute key (default is 9), for 
    those unplanned evacuations.
    
    NOTE: You can, if you want, steer the plane with the mouse, However I find this 
    limits you a bit with manuvrebility when flying around.
    
    Ok, when you find a plane, get into it by pressing E (the default key) You can 
    change views with C, you may want to start with the outside view until you get 
    the feel for the plane. Here are some simple steps for taking off.
    
    1. Hold down W. The plane will start to move down the runway.
    2. When you feel the plane is moving fast enough, hold the down key to take 
    off. Keep the key held down to rise . From now on, The pitch down key makes you 
    go up, and the pitch up key makes you go down.
    
    Now for the harder part: turning.
    
    In normal land vehicles, the turn button is usually a key such as A on my 
    controls, located for easy access near the accelerate button. In these planes, 
    attempting to turn using only the A and D keys will send you into a 
    pathetically large turning circle. To fix this, we have to use the "roll left" 
    and "roll right" these make your aircraft - you guessed it - roll either left 
    or right. Rolling while turning makes for a much smaller turning circle. Just 
    don't roll too much, or you'll end up crashing.
    
    Now, you should be able to take off and fly around. If you ever get into any 
    kind of trouble, for example if you don't think you are going to clear a tree, 
    then don't hesitate to exit the plane in midair (Default key is E) and open 
    your parachute (default is 9) I suggest as soon as you exit the plane, you 
    hammer the parachute key like crazy until it opens.
    
    Ok, you now have the basic skills it takes to fly an fighter plane in the game.
    
    [HELICOPTERS]
    
    These are new to Battlefield, and they are a bitch to keep airbourne, as I have 
    found out on many occasions. If you don't get good at this straight away, don't 
    worry.
    The controls are vastly different.
    
    | Control                  | Key assigned (in my game)
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Fly Higher               | W
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Fly Lower                | S
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Tilt Left                | A
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Tilt Right               | D
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Swing Tail Left          | Left Arrow
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Swing Tail Right         | Right Arrow
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Pitch up (fly forward)   | Up Arrow
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Pitch down (fly backward)| Down Arrow
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Fire                     | Space
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | Alt. Fire                | Ctrl
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    NOTE: Helicopters also can have multiple seats. Some are just for transport, 
    but some can be used to man guns on the sides. To control the guns, you direct 
    them with your mouse and fire with the fire button (default mouse1)
    Also, remember the parachute button too.
    
    Find a helicopter, and get in. Here is what to do to start flying around.
    
    1. Hold down W. This should get the helicopter airbourne.
    2. Gently tap the pitch up key. This will get you flying forward.
    
    Directions for turning:
    Much like the plane controls, it is useful to combine the left/right arrows wit 
    the A/D keys. Be careful, the controls for helicopters are very sensitive.
    
    1. If going forward qickly, slow down by pitching down. 
    2. Swing the tail end of the helicopter away from the direction you want to go, 
    so you're facing the right way.
    3. Fly forward again.
    
    Once again, use the parachute. Use it frequently, it will save your life.
    
    Well, you should now be able to fly both types of air vehicle with basic skill.
    
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    COMBAT TIPS
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    Combat in the air can be fast paced, and you need to have nessecary skills in 
    order to make the most of your time in the air.
    
    [AIR TO AIR COMBAT - Helicopters]
    
    Helicopters rarely stand a chance against a good fighter pilot. Their missiles 
    are not homing, which make for a big problem for the fast-moving jets. Machine 
    guns are their only chance of survival.
    Try to out manuvre them. If you can fly close to the ground, that helps. 
    Helicopters can hover, while planes can't.
    When taking on another helicopter, it helps to be at the same height as they 
    are, if you can get a few missiles away, and get them off balance, they should 
    be easy to finish off.
    
    [AIR TO GROUND COMBAT - Helicopters]
    
    This is what the helicopters are built for. If you're flying, you want to give 
    your gunners the best view of the enemy as possible. Use the tilt and rotate 
    buttons, and move your helicopter around above the enemy. Missiles are the main 
    thing you have to watch out for, it's best to hit one place fast, take a few 
    lives, then fly away to return later. The missiles on your helicopter are by 
    far the best weapon availible to you here, use them well for destroynig tanks 
    and other vehicles.
    
    [AIR TO AIR COMBAT - Jets]
    With this, the object is simple, find a target, and don't lose him! I recommend 
    using the cockpit view for this, because you get a crosshair. Use your radar, 
    it will show you where the enemies are. If you have homing missiles, find a 
    enemy, fly in close behind him, and let them have it. If you have a machine 
    gun, lead to the target by aiming in front of where he is going. This isn't as 
    effective as missiles, but the machine gun lasts longer and can be more 
    effective if used correctly.
    Remember, if someone is tailing you, or shooting you, you have to lose them. 
    Try some tricky turning, or one of the manuvres in the next section.
    
    [AIR TO GROUND COMBAT - Jets]
    Machine guns are no use here. You need explosives to make your appearance known 
    on the ground. Bombs/Napalm are your friends, if you are the one firing them.
    Fly low over the target, and drop the bomb about a second before you actually 
    pass over the target, and the bomb's momentum will guide it the rest of the 
    way. Missiles can be used, but they are best saved for other jets. Don't do the 
    same bombing pattern over and over, enemies might try and take you down with a 
    missile if you get to predictable.
    
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    BASIC MANUVERS
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    [BARREL ROLL]
    Conducted simply by doing a full 360 degree roll either left or right. Remember 
    that when you are upside down, the control are inverted too. Pitching down will 
    mean pitching up, and vice versa. Don't fall into the trap of holding down 
    pitch up, so that when you get upside down you go ploughing into the ground. 
    Best to stay off the pitch keys all together.
    Helicopters can do this, but almost nobody with a social life can. :D
    In other words, if you are flying a helicopter, don't try it.
    
    [REALLY SHARP TURNS]
    Conducted by rolling onto your side while pitching down. For maximum effect, 
    don't go fully onto your side, just so you can swing around easy and straighten 
    up. You should approach this by flying straight, then rolling the way you want 
    to turn, and pitching up.
    It is not recommended helicopters do this, but if you are going to, only tilt a 
    slight bit, or else you are going to lose control.
    
    [LOOP DE LOOP]
    
    To do this, its simple. Hold down W, and the down key. Your plane will do a 
    loop de loop. This an excellent way to lose a enemy plane, it works almost 
    every tims. A word of advice though, don't try to do them taking off/really 
    close to the ground. You will end up losing altitude if you do the loop de 
    loop.
    Helicopters can do this, but the are hard to recover from. It requires quite a 
    bit of counter-pitching. Try it and see if you can manage it. You need to be 
    going high and fast though.
    
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    ADVANCED MANUVERS
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    [LOW-ALTITUDE FLIGHT]
    This can actually be used to "re-fuel" your plane/helicopter in midair, or even 
    pick up passengers without stopping if done correctly. Is also a good way to 
    shake an opponent. Be careful where you do this though, Vietnam has a lot of 
    trees which are all to happy to smash your plane/helicopter up. Fly your 
    vehicle so it is skimming across the ground.
    
    [UPSIDE-DOWN FLIGHT]
    
    More of a showing-off tactic than anything else. Think Top-Gun. The hardest 
    thing about this is remembering that your controls are all messed up. If you 
    fly normally when upside down, you will crash so fast it will not be funny. For 
    you, anyway ^_^
    Helicopters can not do this for more than 0.44 seconds before they crash and 
    burn.
    
    [LOW-ALTITUIDE UPSIDE-DOWN FLIGHT]
    
    As if flying upside down was had enough! For the ultimate adreneline rush, this 
    is the only way to fly!
    
    [NOSE DIVE]
    
    Fly high, then drop nose first, straight down. Another good way to lose a enemy 
    plane. Leave quite a bit of space to pull up from, and ease off the 
    accelerator.
    Planes only.
    
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    FAQ
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    Q: I still can't fly after reading your FAQ
    A: Perhaps its best you keep both feet on the ground, son.
    
    Q: Why aren't there many manuvers to do in helicopters?
    A: They just aren't built for it. Helicopters aren't really about tricks and 
    stunts.
    
    Q: *crazy female voice* OMG WOODENSTICK! I love you have my babies
    A: Maybe later. I have FAQs to write at the moment. >_>
    
    Q: You got a fact wrong
    A: Email me. I probably won't care though.
    
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    VERSION HISTORY
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    [1.0]
    First Version. Started 26/1/05 Finished 26/1/05. Still have to implement the 
    "vehicle info" section, waiting for info.
    
    [1.1]
    Recieved info, finished vehicle info section, corrested spelling and fixed 
    margins. Started 27/1/05, Finished 27/1/05
    
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    SPECIAL THANKS AND CLOSING
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    Hope this FAQ was of help, and that you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed 
    writin- errr, I hope you enjoyed it a lot >_>
    I admit I was never a big BF: Vietnam player, I don't have much online 
    experience, but I enjoy the game as much as the next guy.
    There are several things that need to be thanked, the first is myself, for once 
    again stepping in to write a much-needed FAQ on this subject.
    The second is this great site, GameFAQs. Its too awesome to comprehend.
    Also a big thanks to my iPod. Its been a big help.
    And thanks to you, for reading this FAQ and learning from it.
    
    To anybody thinking of writing a FAQ, its a great thing to do, something I 
    recommend.
    
    Peace out!
    Till next time,
    
    WOODENSTICK
    
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    CONTACT INFO
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    I can be contacted on the below email.
    
    jib1337@gmail.com
    
    Please include "FAQ" in the subject line, or it will not get the filter. 
    Thanks. Remember to read the FAQs before contacting me.
    
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    LEGAL
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    I give permission for this FAQ to be hosted on other sites, as long at the 
    content stays unaltered and not changed in any way, shape or form.
    
    Battlefield: Vietnam is copyright EA Games inc.