T-34C PRIMARY FORMATION FLIGHT TRAINING
701. MAINTAINING THE CRUISE POSITION
Lead. Once Wing is stable in the Cruise position, commence turns in either direction using a
maximum of 45º angle of bank. Execute at least two 360 turns with at least one turn reversal (or
as directed by the Instructor). Lead should not adjust torque during the turns.
Wing. The Cruise position for Wing is basically an extended position along the same 45º
bearing used for the parade position. The Cruise 45º bearing line is defined by aligning the
ventral point over the aileron cutout and the tip of Lead's horizontal stabilizer lined up with the
UHF antenna. Wing should also maintain approximately three wingspans of spacing and 30 feet
of stepdown. Stepdown is maintained by keeping Lead's horizontal stabilizer tangent to the top,
aft section of Lead's Canopy (Figures 7-2 and 7-3).
stabilizer tip touching
the UHF antenna
Figure 7-2 Cruise Position Close-up
CRUISE FORMATION 7-3