Weapons Delivery Principles And Procedures
You correct for wind effects by varying your bank angle as you fly around the pattern. During the
tracking phase you will need to make adjustments in your roll-in point and initial aimpoint. Wind effect
on the bomb after release is corrected by the offset aimpoint you calculate.
Having discussed the factors that affect the path of a weapon, we can now introduce the procedures
and techniques for a weapons run. Except where otherwise noted, these procedures apply to all
patterns and ordnance used in the Training Command.
During straight-path tracking, a constant dive angle is maintained and the pipper is allowed to track
straight to the aimpoint. The g load will become slightly less than one g. With wings level after roll-in,
scan both pipper position and dive angle. The pipper should be short of the final aimpoint at comple-
tion of the roll-in (Figure 27).
Straight-path tracking initial sight picture
80 mils short of target.
Pipper is allowed to track continuously
from roll-in to aimpoint.
Aimpoint and target are synonymous
in a no-wind situation; otherwise
8,000 ft AGL Roll-in
3,000 ft AGL Release
Figure 27: STRAIGHT PATH TRACKING
Make corrections for pipper position early in the run. Note deviations from expected dive angle so that
you can more easily calculate necessary corrections in release altitude. While tracking, you must not
only control the motion of the pipper, but also continually cross-check your altitude, airspeed, and dive
angle. Initially in the run, dive angle and pipper placement are most important. Altitude becomes more
important as it decreases. As you approach release altitude, scan the pipper and altitude on your
HUD, with occasional references to dive angle and airspeed. You can check airspeed more precisely
after you pickle to allow for power corrections on subsequent runs. You may even have to compute a
corrected release altitude. The pipper should reach the final aimpoint (the bull if there is no wind) just
as the aircraft arrives at the release altitude, 3,000 ft AGL.