Air Combat Maneuvering
If the bandit fails to generate any angles by giving you a limp-wristed pull, put this guy out of his
misery in the quickest manner possiblepipper on all the way to minimum range while controlling
closure with power.
If you do elect to lag the bandit immediately following an initial Fox-2, a slight flightpath overshoot is
likely. The excess energy that you have over the bandit should allow you to make up the angles and
arrive nose on. In fact, the slight overshoot may misalign turn circles enough to improve your
position in the control zone, although it will delay a shot opportunity. Remember, if the bandit gives
up altitude below him, a low yo-yo will help to achieve lead pursuit. Angles generated here should be
much more easily controlled.
If done perfectly, your position in the control zone will probably afford you a second missile shot and
the opportunity to close for a very lethal track guns solution. Dont become complacent about your
position advantage, however. There may still be closure in the form of excess airspeed, which could
drive you inside 1,000 ft. If this happens, an aggressively maneuvering bandit may well spit you out
in front of his wingline. Do yourself a favor. Before hes given this opportunity to survive, control the
closure with power and finish him off.