BREAKUP AND RENDEZVOUS EXERCISE
The breakup and rendezvous separates the formation so that you can practice CV rendezvous
procedures. The lead always initiates this exercise. Prior to the first breakup and rendezvous, the lead
establishes himself in straight and level unaccelerated flight at the briefed altitude and airspeed; breakup
and rendezvous will be performed at 250 and 300 KIAS. Throughout the exercise, the lead can continue
the break beyond 180 degrees or vary the rendezvous turn as necessary to avoid clouds or to keep the
formation in the assigned area.
The lead passes the breakup and rendezvous signal to the wingman while ensuring that the area is clear
of traffic. When the lead looks back for the acknowledgment from the wingman, he kisses off the
wingman. In Figure 24, the lead breaks away for 180 degrees of turn while maintaining airspeed, altitude,
and 14-15 units AOA. Upon the lead's break, the wingman maintains altitude and heading for 2 seconds,
and then breaks while maintaining airspeed and lead on the horizon to arrive 1,000 ft in trail. The
wingman must keep the lead on the horizon by varying AOB slightly as needed throughout the turn.