T-34C PRIMARY FORMATION FLIGHT TRAINING
Reset the bank angle to 30 to 60 degrees. As the airspeed approaches 200 KIAS, roll
toward the wings level position and commence a pull to continue the series of
Lead should attempt to alternate the direction of the wingovers during the profile.
THE TAIL CHASE BARREL ROLL. The tail chase barrel roll is similar to the Contact
barrel roll in execution. The key is a good energy exchange between 200 knots to no slower than
100 knots at the top. Keep the nose tracking throughout the maneuver and ensure the airplane is
through WINGS LEVEL inverted flight before the nose falls through the horizon.
Allow the nose to drop to attain 190 to 200 knots.
With airspeed, roll wings level and pull into the vertical to approximately 50 to 60
degrees nose high and start to roll towards the 3 or 9 o'clock position.
Adjust the roll so that you reach your target of 100 knots inverted, hold positive G
throughout the maneuver, and keep the nose tracking through the maneuver.
On the backside of the maneuver, allow aircraft to accelerate to 190 to 200 KIAS.
Execute eight maneuvers (any combination of wingovers and barrel rolls as required for
area management) and make a "terminate" call when training objectives are met.
Command a turning rejoin with a wing flash of at least 45° AOB (left or right, as required
for area management), then set 20° AOB and maintain 150 KIAS for Dash-2's join-up. From
this point, both aircraft shall use Breakup and Rendezvous procedures to facilitate Dash-2's
Acknowledge Lead's Tail-Chase signal with a head-nod.
After Lead breaks, set 1015 ft-lbs. and turn to follow when abeam Lead. Using pursuit
curves position Lead at you 11 or 1 o'clock position (depending on direction of turn) with 600 -
800 feet of spacing. Once in position and ready to maneuver call "[tac call sign] 2 is in."
Maintain the tail chase position using lead lag and pure pursuit.
Respond to Lead's "terminate" call (Dash 2 may also request the terminate).
WHEN LEAD COMMANDS THE REJOIN, ADJUST THE PCL TO MAINTAIN
150 KIAS AND MANEUVER THE AIRCRAFT TO RENDEZVOUS WITH LEAD.
Maintaining position. The goal of Tail Chase is to learn three-dimensional maneuvering in
relation to another aircraft and the effects of pursuit curves on nose-to-tail distance. Wing should
use lead, lag, pure pursuit and power adjustments as required to maintain proper nose-to-tail
separation as lead maneuvers.
CRUISE MANEUVERING 8-9