The origin of the term DOGFIGHT, which refers to a close-proximity aerial battle between fighter aircrafts, can be traced to the years following the World War I. The first written reference to the modern day usage of the words comes from Fly papers, by History of 24 squadron, in 1919. After the invention of the first airplanes for warfare, forward-firing machine guns were mounted on the fighter aircraft, which required the pilots to maneuver themselves behind the enemy aircrafts. The aircrafts battling for the rear position resembled dogs fighting and chasing to catch one another's tail, and therefore the term DOGFIGHT came about. Tactical and effective fighter maneuvers may depend on the advancement of aircraft, weapon and also specific combat situation. Pilots must react instinctively against the opponent's position, speed and elevation, while considering his aircraft's own turn radius and engine response rate. The pilot who secures the advantageous position will instantly hold the upper hand in the battle, applying an extreme pressure against the opponent.
When World War II broke out, pilots began to show off their Dogfighting tactics that they have been studying for a long time. DOGFIGHT tells the story of pilots who wagered courageous battles in the sky during the World Wars. Embracing an unwavering faith, they fought against fear and ultimately dedicated their lives for peace and stability. DOGFIGHT pilots followed the rules and battle plans in fierce battlegrounds where no single mistake is allowed, all the while holding on to the integrity of respecting the sanctity of life. They were the greatest warriors of age who put everything at stake for their comrades and loved ones.
Today, we still long for those DOGFIGHT pilots, the true flying aces with THE GENTLE COURAGE.