Operational Navigation Flight Training Instruction
Dive recovery will be initiated when a solution is attained or the release altitude is reached. Based on the
working altitudes, there is only 1,000 ft for the wing and lead to recover from their 30-degree dive. This will
reacquire a smooth but aggressive 4-5 G pull wings level to the horizon. The lead (low profile) will recover
at or slightly below his cruise altitude. The wingman (high profile) will recover no lower than his cruise
altitude (1,000 ft above lead's) and remain there until a visual of the lead is acquired. If the wingman
releases or recovers low on altitude, aircraft deconfliction will not be assured. The wingman (high profile)
is the only one that can execute the high cover procedure. The lead must continue nose down until
release altitude is attained prior to executing his recovery even if a solution is not possible, to ensure the
airspace above is clear for the wingman if required.
What is done off target depends upon the relative position and egress direction of the aircraft as the
recovery is made. In general, the lead (low profile) will be the first aircraft to complete the target attack
and typically will be in front or ahead of the wingman (high profile). On a simultaneous recovery, both lead
and wingman will execute the following procedure:
Throttle-Idle or as required.
17 unit wings level pull to the horizon. (Avoid nose low or rolling pulls)
Acquire lead/wingman and make the "visual, six clear" or "blind" call as appropriate so that
situational awareness is regained and position can be reestablished A.S.A.P. Whoever has a
visual off target, will have more situational awareness and should build the blind wingman's
awareness with a position call or recommend a maneuver.
Maneuver to combat spread bracketing the egress feature or referencing the egress heading.
Assess the formation and shackle for position as required.
Both pilots being visual in the dive, will pay great dividends off target. There is a multitude of situations
that can occur regarding off target relative position of aircraft. How you maneuver off target, will be based
Relative aircraft position. (Who is ahead of whom? Should a delay be initiated?)
Track crossing angles. (Where are the noses of the aircraft pointed relative to one another?)
Track crossing rate. (How fast is the other aircraft moving toward or across your flight path?
When should you turn to egress?)
Egress direction. (Where are the aircraft headed off target and what turning delays are associated
with each aircraft turning that direction?)
There are four basic situations coming off target following the attacks. The objective of the egress is to
regain mutual support as expeditiously as possible. The four basic scenarios are as follows:
Simultaneous recovery parallel to the attack axis.
One aircraft off target ahead of the other recovering parallel to the attack axis.
Egress direction perpendicular to attack axis with lead on the inside of the formation.
Egress direction perpendicular to attack axis with wing on the inside of the formation.