T-34C PRIMARY FORMATION FLIGHT TRAINING
Pursuit Curves. Wing must select the proper pursuit curves (lead, lag, pure) during tail
chase to maintain position. Pursuit curves can manage both bearing line and range. If too far aft
(greater than 800 feet), Wing will need to maneuver to the inside of Lead's turn, (lead pursuit) to
reduce range. Conversely, if too close (inside 600 feet), Wing will need to maneuver to the
outside of leads turn (lag pursuit) and increase range. Pure pursuit will hold or decrease range
G-Load. Wing uses Gs to achieve maximum performance of his aircraft which allows him
to maintain position or proper energy level.
Power. Wing should try to minimize power adjustments; however reducing power will
help increase nose-to-tail distance and increasing power will reduce nose-to-tail distance.
In general, Wing should maintain pure pursuit with momentary bids to lead and lag pursuit
to manage bearing line, range, and closure rate.
If Wing is demanding too much from the aircraft he may experience momentary rudder
shakers. If rudder shakers are experienced, Wing should ease off the pull slightly. Do not push
the stick abruptly forward to get out of the shakers.
Tail chase may not be accomplished below 5000 feet AGL. If either aircraft descends
below 5000 feet AGL, a "KNOCK-IT-OFF" shall be called.
Common Student Errors
Allows the nose to pass through the horizon while still inverted in the Barrel Roll. (Buries
Fails to maintain airspeed between 100 to 200 KIAS.
Fails to monitor Wing's position (visual lookout).
Executes maneuvers too close to area boundaries, causing Wing to fly through the
Fails to maintain positive G (unloading).
Pulls more than 3 Gs at the bottom of any maneuver.
Loses sight of Lead.
8-10 CRUISE MANEUVERING