CatKnight, the A-level pilot is meant to fly without any aids - even for bombing.
But if the other flight members do not drop their bombs without target designation,
then you may use the TAC briefly for that - as short as possible.

I never fly bombers, and I thought the others would also drop their payload, when the leader does.

As for the distant aircraft: I often see them earlier than the dots would come up.
You may zoom in and out - as if you used a little Navy glass - that should help.

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