|MiG Alley FAQ
by Rowan Software
Q: Can I increase the field of view in the 3d?
A: Use Ctrl '+' and Ctrl '-'
Q: How do I turn off the commentary from my pilot persona?
A: Ctrl 'V' toggles it on and off
Q: I can't get up enough speed on take off. I run out of runway before getting off the ground.
A: Wait for 100% thrust before releasing wheel brakes. Put flaps down.
Q: The AI 'Ace' pilot seems be an easier opponent than the 'Regular' skill pilot.
A: The 'Regular' pilot is reckless and trigger happy. He gives the impression of being a better pilot because he will foolishly attempt the more difficult moves.
Q: When I shoot at a MiG I see impact sparks some distance away from the target.
A: Make sure that Target Size is set to Low in Game Prefs. This is the realistic size. Medium and High increase the 'impact' area around a target.
Q: When I shoot at a MiG I always seem to cause damage to its engine and nowhere else.
A: If Target Size is set to High in Game Prefs then you will nearly always hit the engine when firing from behind. This is because the engine target area is bigger and shields other parts of the aircraft from your bullets. Set Target Size to Low.
Q: I see MiGs patrolling above me but they don't come down and attack me.
A: The MiGs have suffered a recent defeat and are reluctant to attack.
A: The MiGs are waiting for their intended targets to reach bingo fuel before they commit to an attack.
A: It may be a training mission from a squadron newly arrived in Korea.
Q: I want to set up my own missions instead of using directives. How do I disable directives?
A: You must make all aircraft available for your use by ensuring none are assigned to any target types. Open the Directives dialog and set the allocation for all target types to 0. You should now have 64 strike aircraft and 32 fighter aircraft at 'Resting' status. Close the dialog by clicking the 'check' icon in the top right. You will now find that at the start of every planning session the mission folder will be empty. You are free to authorise your own missions against any target.
Q: Why can't I access the Directives?
A: The Directives can only be accessed during the 5th (fully dynamic) Campaign: "The Spring Offensive".
Q: Why are Civilian targets (icons) shown on the map screen. What good could it possibly do to attack a civilian town? All I see are huts?
A: The enemy will sometimes hide supplies in the huts or nearby trees and so can be considered to be a valid military target.
A: Civilian areas are shown on the map so you can familiarise yourself with possible navigation points in a target zone.
Q: When I authorise missions why does the Egress waypoint always go way off into the ocean?
A: As a default, MiG Alley will choose egress points along the western coastline. Returning via a sea route means that your aircraft avoid ground and air defences that have been alerted. Generally, you should retain the default egress point for missions against targets along the west of the peninsular, especially those in the far north. Otherwise, you should drag the waypoint to a more logical location.
Q: I have an open airfield, but when I try and move my jet squadron to it nothing happens?
A: Make sure the destination airfield has space available for the squadron (Grey aircraft icons denote vacant squadron slots). You may be trying to move jets into an airfield only capable of deploying prop aircraft (check the aircraft icon type).
Q: Is there any quicker way to change all of the ordnance for all the flights in the same group in the "Task" dialog window?
A: Yes. Before adding any other flights in the "Task" dialog window choose your ordnance BEFORE adding any flights. Once you've picked the stores for the default flight you can then add more flights. The ordnance you've picked for the default flight will now automatically be put onto any other flights you add to the group.
Q: I get direct hits on bridges but the spans don't drop.
A: Check that you are carrying 1000lb bombs. 500lbs may not be enough. Aim for the ends of the bridge. If a bomb misses and detonates on the bank then the shockwave may cause damage. A bomb detonating in the water does little damage.
Q: Why do Reconn missions in the game require you to have destroyed a target?
A: All Reconn missions are considered to be Armed Reconn. Any enemy transports you locate must be engaged immediately. Finding a convoy and not pressing an attack is considered to be a total failure.
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