Air Combat Maneuvering
FLIGHT PROCEDURESDEFENSIVE, HORIZONTAL SCISSORS
52. What is the purpose and setup for a defensive horizontal scissors?
ANSWER: The purpose is to exploit an in-close horizontal overshoot. Set up by performing a
During the horizontal scissors, you will be able to sustain a protracted position of ______.
FLIGHT PROCEDURESDEFENSIVE, ROLLING SCISSORS
54. Why does a defensive fighter want to initiate a rolling scissors maneuver?
ANSWER: To convert defensive position to neutral or offensive position; to force the bandit to
overshoot; to exploit an in-close vertical and horizontal overshoot
What is the purpose of the rolling scissors?
ANSWER: The rolling scissors is designed to exploit in-close horizontal and vertical overshoots
by forcing the opponent out in front, by reducing the forward vector.
During the start of a rolling scissors, how would the fighter prevent the bandit from pulling behind
the 3/9 line?
ANSWER: Pull aggressively in the horizontal to force the overshoot.
During the initiation of an overshoot, leading to a rolling scissors, what would the fighter do to
commence the defensive pitchup?
ANSWER: The fighter would commence the defensive pitchup by leveling his wings, pulling 17
units AOA, and executing the vertical pitchup to approximately 60 degrees nose-high.
FLIGHT PROCEDURESDEFENSIVE, LAST-DITCH MANEUVERS
58. The diving spiral is a last-ditch maneuver designed to counter an in-close, ______ to ______
angle-off gun attack while retaining maneuvering potential.
ANSWER: medium, low
When is the diving spiral employed?
ANSWER: The last-ditch diving spiral is employed when the bandit is very close to gun employ-
ment position, and the fighters hard or break turns prove ineffective.
Why must a late pullout be avoided when performing a diving spiral?
ANSWER: To avoid breaking the deck