Originally Posted by Metryq
In my opinion, "realistic" dogfighting in space would be no dogfighting. The distances are too vast and therefore the speeds too great to expect living pilots to be of much use.
Actually, you can go all the way back to the Viet Nam war and find examples that contradict this assertion. F4 Phantoms and Migs engaged in (for want of a better term) "dogfights" via missiles with tracking capability when it was almost impossible to have a line of sight reference of the opponent. Later on, laser tracking wrote whole new chapters in aerial warfare.
But if you are thinking of the Mangaloids engaging in "showtime" in The Fifth Element
, yes, it strains credibility.