Air Combat Maneuvering
Generally, avoid maintaining your position
in the same dimensional plane. Avoid
meeting a section member 180 degrees
out, close-aboard, or losing sight, which
becomes critical during bugout. Above all,
do not delay engaging the bogey.
Three major types of engagements exist in
2 v 1 ACM: the rear-quarter, the abeam,
and the forward-quarter attacks. Refer to
Figure 30 for the parameters of each type
of attack. Rear quarter attacks will be set
up from three scenarios: no-switch, single-
switch, and multi-switch. Since the goal in
an abeam attack is for the section to turn it
into a forward-quarter attack, the forward-
quarter attack will be set up from the
The procedures for the abeam attack and
the rear-quarter attacks explained below
are the canned setups as per Training
Command procedures, unless otherwise
noted. The procedures for the forward-
quarter attack are discussed as a follow-on
from an abeam attack.
Call the Bogey Exercise (En route)
The call the bogey exercise is performed
en route to the operating area, giving you
practice with directive/ descriptive
commentary. During this exercise the
Figure 30: THREE TYPES OF ENGAGEMENTS
fighters remain in combat spread and will
not maneuver. While you are flying straight and level, the bogey aircraft will maneuver simulating a
no-switch engagement where he engages one aircraft and stays with it. The first simulation will be
followed by a single-switch simulation where the bogey engages one aircraft and then switches to
engage the other.
En route to the operating area, the fighters fly straight and level in combat spread at a briefed altitude.
The bogey will set up on the outside of the section approximately 1/2 nautical mile, with 1,000-ft step-up
and 45 degrees down the wingline. Even though the following script is a fairly predictable example, the
goal of this exercise is to respond appropriately according to how the bogey is maneuvering against the
section. Do not memorize the script as a gouge; rather use it to help you make the right calls as you
report what the bogey is doing. Attempt to use appropriate responses at all times, e.g., Tally visual, Two
in sight, One in sight, No joy, etc.
Script for a no-switch engagement: (This example assumes Mo is the tac-leadHe will call tally, visual
and knock it off prior to Duke for the set-up and knock-it-off.)
Bogey: Bogey setting up on Mo (call sign) on right for call the bogey, no switch.
Mo: Mo tally, visual.
Duke: Duke tally, visual.
Bogey: Bogeys in.
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