T-34C PRIMARY FORMATION FLIGHT TRAINING
Just prior to Wing passing abeam, give the lead change signal (3 taps on the helmet, then
pointing at the Wing). Wait for Wing's acceptance then maneuver to the cruise position.
After Lead's wing rock, maneuver from cruise to a position abeam Lead with a maximum
of 3 ship-widths separation and on the currently established heading. Coordinate power and
back stick inputs to place Lead on the horizon as you pull abeam (Figure 7-5).
Figure 7-5 Cruise Lead Change
Approaching abeam, watch for the lead change signal. Accept the lead (by patting your
forehead once followed by chopping motion) when given the signal and reset power to 850ft-lbs.
Provide a stable platform until the new Wingman is established in the cruise position.
7-6 CRUISE FORMATION