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Dropships in general are another one of those 'cowardly curs' by your guys descriptions. Their nearly impervious to small arms fire and it's generally hard to aim up on a lot of vehicles and weapons. Never mind the fact they can fly high enough to be out of range of all weapons in the game, or fly past the infantry red line. A half decent drop ship is harder to kill than even a red line tank because they move very fast and have several 'safe area's they can hide in. Plus it's pretty much impossible to hit one with an oribital on purpose unless the pilot is asleep at the wheel.
Not many peeps fly dropships though. I personally can't even figure out HOW to fly them, lol. In their case, it'd be handy to have a nice little tutorial pve mission to teach you how to fly them.