Originally Posted by rainbase
If I may offer my opinion, eight minutes would be awfully long for a proposed film like this. The bulk of the time it's mostly the two planes locked in a circle and losing altitude, right? ...
If you accept the OTF analysis as a reasonable starting point, the engagement has two distinct phases. About 5 minutes are devoted to entering the circle fight, and spiraling down, trying to gain an advantage. The second phase consists of hedge-hopping with extensive evasive maneuvering, trying to reach the front lines and disengage. Your suggestion of visual time lapse techniques is a good one that could be used to crop a couple of minutes out of the first phase.