Air Combat Maneuvering
During a 2 v 1 engagement the bandit may engage one fighter, then disengage from that fighter to
engage the other anytime he feels it may be tactically advantageous. Both fighters must remain
aware that this could happen anytime. If he does switch once, the bandit, in effect, forces a single
role change between engaged and free fighters.
When this scenario is set up, as in Figure 39, the bandit will attack from the rear quarter, outside the
section, and engage the near fighter. The section will maneuver into the bandit. As the engagement
develops, the bandit spots the free fighter pulling for a shot and, in his own defense, pitches off and
into the free fighter. At this point, the roles will switch. If you were the free fighter, you are now the
engaged fighter, and vice versa. The new engaged fighter must tie up the bandit as the new free
fighter extends for the shot.
Figure 39: SINGLE-SWITCH ENGAGEMENT