It was executed either by two fighter aircraft side-by-side or by two pairs of fighters flying together. When an enemy aircraft chose one fighter as his target (the "bait" fighter; his wingman being the "hook"), the two wingmen turned in towards each other. After crossing paths, and once their separation was great enough, they would then repeat the exercise, again turning in towards each other, bringing the enemy plane into the hook's sights. A correctly executed Thach Weave (assuming the bait was taken and followed) left little chance of escape to even the most maneuverable opponent.
Yeah, many ships have a mix of fixed and articulated weaponry. It's interesting to note that several ships (Aurora, Scythe, Avenger, Merlin) only have fixed weapon hardpoints though. So hypothetically, against a scythe this would be an effective tactic.
Doesn't matter; in the absence of aerodynamic friction so long as you have the ability to maneuver your ship without interference from the flight computer (aka: IFCS turned off, aka: full newtonian flight) you can point your "fixed" guns (by method of pointing your ship) along any vector you choose without regard to your vector of travel.
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