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dogfight

Air-to-air combat at a very close range and in visual contact with each other, at least initially. The result of any dogfight is dependent on the pilot's skill, the aircraft's performance, and the initial position. The most important factor is the pilot's skill. In the past, pilots tried to position their aircraft behind the enemy's and shoot it down. Today, it is only necessary to find a firing solution without being shot down.
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Borgal said there are several levels of dog fighters ranging from low-level "street fighters" who challenge other dogs, to organized fighters who raise and breed canines solely for fighting in large-scale operations.
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