T-34C PRIMARY FORMATION FLIGHT TRAINING
Lowering the nose to establish 20 feet of stepdown (exhaust stack tangent to the
leading edge of the near wing).
Adjusting power to maintain 20 feet of nose-to-tail distance. For a rendezvous to
the left, the "VY" in NAVY or the "NES" in MARINES should be underlined with
the ventral fin. For a rendezvous to the right, the "NA" in NAVY or the "MAR" in
MARINES should be underlined with the ventral fin.
Adjust angle of bank to establish the aircraft directly under the pitot tube for a
rendezvous to the left or the moisture scupper drain for a rendezvous to the right. As
you approach the joinup position, anticipate matching Lead's angle of bank in order to
stabilize momentarily in the joinup position with 20 feet of stepdown, 20 feet of
nose-to-tail separation, and directly under either the pitot tube (left turning) or the
moisture scupper drain (right turning).
Once stabilized in the joinup position, move out and up to the turn away position by
adjusting angle of bank to cross laterally beneath and behind Lead to the outside of
the turn at a slow and controlled pace.
Once on the outside of the turn, add power and back stick to move up into the normal
turn away references (fuselage on the horizon, ventral point over the cutout).
Figure 3-35 Joinup Picture, 20 Feet of Stepdown
3-36 SECTION PARADE