Terrain-masking and proper use of all available cover are
critical to success in this game. Never fly higher than
100 feet and be prepared to dive behind trees or buildings
at a moment's notice. Exposure equals death here, so never
let them see you coming.
One handy way to stop quickly and drop behind cover is to
jump immediately into the gunner's seat (F2 key) and press
the H key (hover) and Minus key (lose altitude) in rapid
succession. You'll find that the AI pilot can usually pull
up and stop much more quickly than you can.
If you find yourself getting blown to bits on a regular
basis, you should turn on "invulnerability" through the
Preferences menu and then run a few test missions to perfect
your terrain-masking skills.
When using your cannon against enemy infantry, switch off
the TADS (Target Acquisition and Designation System) and use
your Mark I eyeball instead. The computer always shoots low
and will miss almost every time. If you're in the gunner's
seat you should unlock the target (with the L key or joystick
button 4) and shoot freehand.
To keep your pilots alive forever make a copy of the
ROSTER.FIL file before going on a dangerous mission. If you
get killed you can copy the file back and your pilot is
resurrected as though he had never flown the fatal mission.
For example to copy the file type change to the Gunship
directory and type:
COPY ROSTER.FIL BACKUP.XXX
To resurrect a pilot change to the Gunship directory and
COPY BACKUP.XXX ROSTER.FIL
Make sure you copy the ROSTER.FIL file every time you
successfully complete a mission.