Air Combat Maneuvering
FLIGHT PROCEDURESOFFENSIVE, HORIZONTAL SCISSORS
36. What is the purpose of the horizontal scissors?
ANSWER: The horizontal scissors is a reactive maneuver flown off a low-angle perch which
prevents the fighter from going defensive, following an in-close overshoot and
subsequent bandit reversal.
Where should the fighter begin a horizontal scissors maneuver?
ANSWER: Co-altitude in combat spread at 250 KIAS, 60-70 degrees nose high.
FLIGHT PROCEDURESOFFENSIVE, BARREL ROLL ATTACK
38. The barrel roll attack reduces ______, ______, and ______.
ANSWER: AOT, closure rate, turn radius
What action should the fighter take to correct for reduced nose-to-tail and possible loss of
offensive advantage, because the fighter took too much time attempting to align the fuselages
during a barrel roll attack?
ANSWER: The fighter should aggressively pull his nose up while turning to align fuselages.
FLIGHT PROCEDURESOFFENSIVE, ROLLING SCISSORS
40. What is the purpose of the rolling scissors?
ANSWER: The rolling scissors is usually initiated by the bandit to counter the barrel roll attack.
The fighter never initiates the maneuver in an offensive situation.
What is the defensive perspective as the bottom aircraft in the rolling scissors?
ANSWER: The fighters defensive perspective, as the bottom aircraft, is being in front of
bandit. The fighter is forced to look aft when commencing the vertical move.
FLIGHT PROCEDURESOFFENSIVE, DISENGAGEMENT/BUGOUT
42. Identify at least three considerations for an offensive disengagement/bugout.
Time-to-kill becomes a factor