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T-34C PRIMARY FORMATION FLIGHT TRAINING
CHAPTER THREE
The Descent
Lead
1.
Clear the area and give Wing a "fuel check." Develop a game plan to descend and intercept
course rules, wings level with a good visual flight rules (VFR) clearing capability.
2.
Ensure the formation has the current ATIS information.
3.
Lower the nose smoothly and allow the aircraft to accelerate to 170 to 200 knots.
Approximately 5 knots before the desired airspeed, slowly retard the power to 400 ft-lbs of
torque. Retrim to maintain desired airspeed and balanced flight.
4.
Begin the level off approximately 200 feet prior to the desired altitude and advance the
power as required, establishing the formation at 170 KIAS.
Wing
1.
Execute the "fuel check" when commanded by Lead.
2.
Maintain the position commanded by Lead throughout the recovery.
Homefield Entry
1.
The homefield entry will be conducted in accordance with local course rules.
2.
Be conscious of the traffic pattern direction to ensure Wing is properly positioned for the
break (i.e., on the side opposite the direction of the break).
3.
Be aware of the reduced maneuverability inherent in a formation flight. This requires
increased vigilance when operating in and around the airport traffic area.
The Break and Landing
1.
The break will be conducted in accordance with local standard operating procedures. Lead
will pass Wing the "kiss-off" signal just prior to commencing his break.
2.
Once Lead breaks, Wing must quickly resume a VFR scan and will break when abeam
Lead.
3.
Lead will fly a no-flap pattern and landing and Wing will fly a full-flap pattern and
landing to help build spacing between the aircraft. Wing is responsible for ensuring at least
1500 feet of separation is maintained between the two aircraft until touchdown.
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