AIR FORCE T-38 TRACK INTERMEDIATES
EXTENDED TRAIL CLOVERLEAF
The first part of the Cloverleaf is just like the Barrel Roll, a wings-level pull, then a roll to the
90-degree reference strive for wings level, inverted. Pull through the Loop portion no faster than
115-120 knots. If you find yourself faster than 115-120 knots, then just continue with a Barrel
Roll and set up for a better Cloverleaf on the next pull. The last part of the Cloverleaf is a Loop
just like you did in Primary, except you are at 1015 ft-lbs, not idle, so you must max perform the
airplane through the vertical, pull to approximately rudder shakers and then back off slightly.
Attain 190-200 knots, roll out wings level when ready to make the pull into the
(2) Execute the first half of the Extended Trail Barrel Roll to wings level inverted
approximately 100 knots, no more than 120 knots.
(3) At no more than 120 knots, pull to approximately rudder shakers and then back
off a little to max perform the aircraft through the vertical.
(4) Once past vertical, allow the aircraft to accelerate to approximately 190-200
knots, then resume a turn to give Two something to work with.
THE EXTENDED TRAIL HALF CUBAN EIGHT
The Extended Trail Half Cuban Eight is exactly like the Half Cuban Eight in Primary PA
except that the entry airspeed is a little faster and the minimum airspeed at the top is going to be
higher. Attain approximately 210 knots on the descent and get no slower than 90 knots at the
top. In the Half Cuban Eight, you want to ensure that the nose moves at a nearly constant rate
throughout the maneuver. At the end of the maneuver, resume the bank so that Two has angles
to work with.
a. Attain 200-210 knots, roll wings level and make at least a 3.5 G straight pull into the
b. Concentrate on the nose continually tracking, visually acquire the opposite horizon
and pull to it; get no slower than 90 knots inverted.
c. Continue to pull to approximately 30-40 degrees nose low inverted (approximately
heels on the horizon inverted) and roll with rudder and aileron wings level upright.
d. Once rolled upright, go right back into the turn to give Two angles to work with. Let
aircraft accelerate to 190-200 knots.
Extended Trail will be "Terminated" if all the maneuvers are complete and will be "Knocked
Off" if there is a safety issue. Refer to the "Terminate/Knock-it-Off" section in Chapter 4.
"Knock-it-Off" is a serious call and is used not only to stop maneuvering, but also to advise the
formation there is a safety issue to consider. "Knock-it-Off" can be called by anyone in the
formation and will be called for the following reasons:
T-38 FORMATION AREA WORK