Upon completion of final checks, the ordnance crew will arm PMBRs by pulling the safety pins. For
forward firing ordnance, the arming area will be determined by local course rules but will generally be
located near the approach end of the duty runway. Specified headings will point the weapons toward
unpopulated areas to prevent damage or injury in case of inadvertent firing during arming.
Be sure that all armament switches are OFF or SAFE before arming. Respond to the ground crews
signals and keep your hands in sight of the arming crew during the arming procedure.
The four aircraft (the normal complement) will taxi onto the runway and establish echelon formation
for an interval takeoff in accordance with local SOP. If weather between the field and target pre-
cludes this type of takeoff, the flight lead may split the flight into two sections for rendezvous later.
Ultimately, takeoff will be conducted at the flight leads discretion.