Nothing you haven't read in SunTzu's 'Art Of War' but the aerial combat tactics developed by World War I flying ace Oswald Boelcke struck me as similarly useful for winning new business:
– Try to secure advantages before you attack. If possible, keep the sun behind you.
– Always carry through an attack when you have started it.
– Fire only at close range and only when your opponent is properly in your sights.
– Always keep your eye on your opponent, and never let yourself be deceived by ruses.
– In any form of attack, it is essential to assail your opponent from behind.
– If your opponent dives on you, do not try to evade his onslaught, but fly to meet it.
– When over the enemy's lines, never forget your own line of retreat.
Boelcke and his pilots flew only in large well-organized
formations dubbed "circuses." Any Allied plane that came within their part of the sky was doomed.
But even as his own kill score grew to 40 Boelcke cared little for his personal record: "Everything depends on sticking together when the staffel (squadron) goes into battle. It does not matter who actually scores the victory as long as the staffel wins."
'The Father Of Air Fighting Tactics' crashed and died after a mid-air collision with one of his own pilots and was buried in the cathedral at Cambrai.
British pilots at the POW camp at Osnabrück sent a condolence card.
Baron Von Richthofen reflected, "I am after all only a combat pilot, but Boelcke, he was a hero."
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