Well, a friend of mine was willing to try out Crimson Skies for the first time, and we tried a dogfight with two Bloodhawk Es versus two Blackflag Nightingales. I was playing the Nightingales.
Upon further reflection, I wish I had not offered my friend Bloodhawk Es. They are amazing planes! They are pretty evenly matched against the Nightingales. We played about 13 turns dancing around each other and inflicting minor damage...but he actually managed to roll the exact same location twice in a row and crack my wing spar. We decided to wrap up early to play a bit of X-wing also...and on the last turn we played, he bracketed my fighter at range 1 with both his Bloodhawks. At that point, I surrendered.
It was a fun game. However, I was REALLY rusty from years out of practice, and just couldn't seem to get a handle on how to get a bead on those Bloodhawks. Plus, TN 9 and improved armor made them extremely difficult opponents!
Against a less maneuverable fighter with a lower TN? Now that might be a different story. But I need some practice, definitely.
Those Bloodhawk Es, though. Man! Those are sweet fighters!