Considering how much people seem to like the air combat I feel like I must be doing something wrong. So far I have shot down 1 alien ship and lost like 5 aircraft. I didn't even notice the roll button until just recently. It helps, but I still struggle. I keep finding myself trailing closely behind an alien ship; too close to shoot it.
I turn left to engage, it turns right to try to circle around. I turn right to engage, it turns left to try to circle around. I literally went right off the grid trying to line up a shot. Finally, my ship ran out of gas and the game prompted me to return to base. When I clicked on ok the game froze and I had to close it.
Anyone have some tips? It can't be as hard as I'm making it. Is there more to it than just Space Bar = Pause, click Afterburner, Click Roll, click to select/de-select Armaments? Is there any way to slow down when you're tailing to create a firing lane? I tried to disengage (and then re-engage) to create a little distance, but I quickly found out that this doesn't work (as it did in Xcom).