AIR FORCE T-38 TRACK INTERMEDIATES
Fingertip, allowing Two to help clear, or simply relax. Lead should always have the Wingman
in Route unless there is a reason to have Wing in Fingertip.
c. Procedures. Wing will move to the Route position when Lead signals. Lead will
signal the Route position with a radio call or by giving a rudder "wag" to send Two to Route. A
good reference for Route is Lead's same side wingtip, aft tip (near the static wires) on Lead's
nose NACWS antenna. Wing should not space his Route position so that he cannot see and
respond to Lead's visual signals. Wing should always ensure that the Lead aircraft is bisecting
the horizon so that both aircraft are level. The Wingman should remain as level with Lead as
possible during turns into the wing without losing sight of Lead under the canopy rail.
Wing will remain in the Route position until Lead signals for Wing to move back into the
Fingertip position with a wing rock (Appendix A).
d. Common Errors
Wing flying too far aft on Lead.
Wing flying too far from Lead so that visual signals are unclear.
Wing not putting Lead on horizon and flying with excessive stepdown.
Lead having the Wingman down sun, so that Two has to look into the sun en
Lead forgetting to put Two in Route at all and forgetting how much work
Two-Ship Route Formation
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