Weapons Delivery Principles And Procedures
Wind-corrected tracking is the method you can expect to use on all of your weapons flights after
Wep-06. As Figure 30 shows, wind-corrected tracking requires that both the initial and final
aimpoints be offset. For this reason, the roll-in point must also be offset so that when you roll out,
your pipper will be on the initial aimpoint. As the pipper tracks toward the final aimpoint during
tracking, your heading should be parallel to the run-in line. If there is a crosswind, your pipper will
track diagonally and not parallel to the run-in line.
Bull's Eye is
Bull's Eye is
Figure 30: TYPES OF TRACKING
Experience will help you judge how far laterally to offset your roll-in and initial aimpoint so that the
pipper will track smoothly to the final aimpoint by release altitude. If you find that the crosswind is
causing you to drift more or less than expected, you can correct by making slight heading changes.
However, be sure that your wings are level when you releaseany bank will invalidate the sight
Another technique for the wind-corrected method is to roll in, simulating a no-wind (straight) pipper
track to the computed final offset aimpoint and make small wing dips into the wind, controlling the
pipper track to the release point. Ensure that release is accomplished in a wings level attitude.
The pipper-to-bull tracking method will be introduced for the sake of simplicity on the first three
simulator events and first flight. It is slightly easier than the wind-corrected method because it uses
the bulls eye as the final aimpoint. The object of pipper-to-bull delivery is not to hit the target, but to
obtain a consistent grouping of hits. Figure 21 shows what the path of the pipper should be. The
procedures for pipper-to-bull tracking are exactly the same as those given above for wind-corrected
tracking, except that the bulls eye is the final aimpoint.