T-34C PRIMARY FORMATION FLIGHT TRAINING
314. LEAD CHANGE PROCEDURE
The Lead Change is a maneuver designed to effect a safe and efficient change of the formation
lead with the least possible degradation to flight integrity. The Lead change has to occur with
relative ease so there is a crisp, instantaneous exchange of Lead and Wing roles and
responsibilities. If at any time there is confusion by either aircrew about who is in the lead,
utilize the radios to identify the leader (use aircraft side numbers to identify the Lead aircraft).
Lead Change Signal
Lead will establish the section in a location where the lead change has enough room to
occur and Wing will have enough time to orient himself in the area.
Lead will check Wing in position on the right side (conduct a crossunder if necessary) and
check the area clear.
Lead will initiate the lead change signal by patting the right side of his helmet three times
with his left hand while looking forward (Figure 3-38).
Lead will pass the lead by pointing his left hand to Wing once (Figure 3-39).
Figure 3-38 Initiate Lead Change
3-40 SECTION PARADE