T-34C PRIMARY FORMATION FLIGHT TRAINING
Figure 7-4 Cruise Turns Into - Lead's Horizontal Stabilizer
Lined Up With Red Line of Star
Cruise Turns Away. When Lead turns away, Wing will need to maintain stepdown and
maneuver towards the inside of Lead's turn (lead pursuit) in order to maintain nose-to-tail
spacing. Wing should avoid stabilizing directly behind Lead. At no time should the Wingman
allow himself to become stepped up on Lead.
702. CRUISE CLIMBS AND DESCENTS
It may be necessary to climb or descend while the section is in cruise formation. When it is
necessary to climb, Lead can initiate the climb by maintaining power and raising the nose to
climb at no slower than 120 KIAS. The Wingman will adjust the aircraft's nose attitude and
power (if necessary) to maintain position.
If a descent is required, Lead will lower the nose and descend while maintaining power. Wing
will adjust the nose attitude and power (if necessary) to maintain position. For descents of more
than 1000 feet, Lead has the option of reducing power to prevent an undesired increase of
airspeed. If a power reduction is desired, Lead will direct Wing via the radio to set an
appropriate power setting (e.g., 400 ft-lbs.). Approaching the level off altitude, Lead will again
direct an increase in power via the radio to maintain flight in cruise.
703. SECTION CRUISE LEAD CHANGE
Signal Lead change by rocking the wings back and forth with the ailerons three times.
Provide a steady platform for Wing.
CRUISE FORMATION 7-5