T-34C PRIMARY FORMATION FLIGHT TRAINING
Exhaust stack tangent to
leading edge of wing
Figure 3-20 20 Feet of Stepdown
Once stabilized with 20 feet of stepdown, make a slight wing dip towards Lead moving
slowly to the other side. Adjust power as necessary to ensure you move straight across to the
other side WITH 20 feet of NOSE-TO-TAIL CLEARANCE. At no time should Wing's nose be
under any part of Lead's aircraft. Wing's goal is to crossunder to the parade position on the other
side of Lead maintaining the 20 feet of stepdown and not drifting lower or higher than Lead's
exhaust stacks tangent to the leading edge of his wings (but no further forward than nose-tail
clearance). The crossunder rate should be no faster than a walking pace (Figure 3-21).
Crossunder to the opposite wing, maintaining 20 feet of stepdown (Figure 3-22). Arrest
lateral motion with a slight wing dip toward lead approaching the opposite bearing line.
Momentarily stabilize with 20 feet of stepdown on the opposite bearing line.
Use slight back stick pressure and add a little power to move your aircraft straight up into
the parade position on the new side of Lead. "Reattach" the ventral point to the opposite wing
aileron cutout and reestablish the parade references.
3-24 SECTION PARADE