T-34C PRIMARY FORMATION FLIGHT TRAINING
utilized to guide the flight within those boundaries. Wind speed and direction will affect the
flight's ground track and should also be considered. Finally, the Lead should be conscious of the
sun's position relative to Wing and attempt to limit the Wingman's exposure to looking into the
sun as much as possible.
Summary of Lead's Responsibilities:
Be a smooth, stable platform for Wing.
Keep the flight within the proper operating area and comply with local course rules.
Keep the flight clear of clouds and other aircraft.
Always be aware of the position of Wing.
Meet the mission objectives in a safe, efficient manner.
The Wingman. Simply stated, the Wing's responsibility is to be in the position signaled by the
flight lead at all times and comply with Lead's commands in a timely manner. Unlike Lead,
Wing should be more aggressive, using frequent flight control or power control lever (PCL)
inputs (although the magnitude of these inputs may be small) to maintain position. In other
words, Wing should never accept being out of position and should always strive to "gravitate"
back into position.
Summary of Wing's Responsibilities:
Always maintain the position signaled by Lead (parade, cruise, etc.).
Keep Lead in sight.
Comply with all signals given by Lead and, when required, be prepared to give a timely
Maintain situational awareness of what is going on in flight and be prepared for upcoming
events. In other words, be a "thinking Wingman" ready for Lead's next command.
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