I've been playing this for about a week and am slowly but surely getting my bearings.
I play Historic Battles and fly using a joystick but am finding progress incredibly slow.
I'm still rocking level 0 on all countries except for England where I have achieved level 1, so am still limited to reserve aircraft. These planes only have 2x 7.7mm machine guns with no cannon or ability to carry bombs. I'm wanting to get the Hawker Hurricane to hopefully be able to progress in the game a bit better but I'm finding it incredibly slow to progress in level as either I'm so poor or my planes are so incredibly hopeless that I find it utterly impossible to shoot down any other aircraft. The only way I can find to gain XP is by having pot shots at enemy ground units, netting myself half a dozen XP on a pass. Currently I need about 10,000 more XP to get to level two. The best way I've been able to gain XP is by taking off (50 XP), then turning around and landing again (100 XP). Although not very exciting I can do this several times before someone from the enemy comes over and shoots me down. I probably gain about 500 XP a gain playing like this, but there must shortly be a better way.
How did you guys level up in the beginning?