Air Combat Maneuvering
your nose. Following the reversal, overbank toward the bogey, executing the same nose-low slice turn as
above, pulling 17 units AOA to end up in lag pursuit. As in the first method, continue appropriate pursuit
to a Fox-2.
In both methods at the Fox-2 call, the bogey will commence hard maneuvering. Continue the pursuit to
guns using appropriate high and low yo-yos.
The horizontal scissors, Figure 13, results from an in-close horizontal overshoot. Because you would
never offensively enter a horizontal scissors on purpose, several situations force you to enter one: 1) a
delayed or poorly performed high yo-yo, 2) following a raking guns attempt, or 3) a follow-on from a rolling
scissors. The horizontal scissors is a slow-speed, high-AOA fight where both fighters are attempting to
decrease their down range travel faster than their opponent by continuously crossing each others flight
path in a series of weaves. If you reduce your forward vector sooner than the bogey, you will gain the
advantage. Your goal is to remain offensive and to maneuver to your only remaining weapons
opportunityguns. If this were the real world, you have made a mistake, and a smart bogey is taking
advantage of it. Tactically, because you missed the quick-kill opportunity, your best strategy might be to
disengage as soon as possible.
Figure 13: HORIZONTAL SCISSORS
To set up for the exercise, start from a low-angle perch. Attack the bogey as you did in the gunsight-
tracking exercise in TacForm. At the Fox-2 call, the bogey will break into you to increase AOT. Continue
to press the bogey by placing your nose one wingspan below and one plane length in front of the bogey,
and keep it there until nearing the 1,000-ft minimum gun range while attempting a raking-guns shot.
Approaching 1,000 ft, level your wings and pull your nose up to avoid the bogey horizontally and vertically.
When you are clear, continue the pullup to 17 units AOA and 45-60 degrees nose-high. This decreases
your down-range travel and helps keep you from going defensive. The bogey continues to pull into you to
force the overshoot and then pulls up vertically as you pass him. He reverses into you in an attempt to
get offensive behind you.
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