I usually am not the best at fighting the horde of players in the middle of the map and base bombing then going out to fight seems more consistent.
No, you shouldn’t bomb in the F-5C. It’s not more reliable, because it takes so long to reach the bases that enemies have over a minute to shoot you down while you are defenseless. And the time spent going after AI targets that don’t help win the match will hurt your team, who are trying to survive.
This video explains it in more detail.