Operational Navigation Flight Training Instruction
Upon reaching the 4-mile pop point if the flight is not in combat spread (poor mutual support) or if the
target is acquired inside the pop point, a "RECCE" should be performed. This is usually accomplished by
shackling over the target; A TAC turn may be useful depending on the egress direction. The following is
an example of the communication associated with this maneuver:
"Sleepy has a target three miles between the section, airfield.:
"Standby to RECCE the airfield"
"Egress heading 180"
"Sleepy shackle 180"
"Visual, Six clear"
While crossing over the target, look down and verbalize what you see on the ICS. This way, your IP will
know you looked at the target and it will be on your HUD tape as INTEL. It is better to RECCE a target
than to attempt an attack out of position or too close to the target (this only degrades mutual support).
The lead is responsible for navigation of the section so he will have to know what direction and/or feature
to follow off target. The egress call is essential to successful maneuvering off-target. Both wingmen need
to have the direction in mind to expeditiously maneuver to combat spread after the attack.
The egress call can simply be a heading but usually will contain a reference to the ground feature to be
followed off target. For example: "Egress south, bracket the road" or "Egress two four zero." If there is
an easily distinguishable feature such as a town or large tanks within reasonable range, it can also be
used as a reference, such as "Egress, bracket the tanks."
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