AIR FORCE T-38 TRACK INTERMEDIATES
Lead signals Echelon Turn (Appendix A).
(2) Wing rolls about own longitudinal axis to maintain Echelon position and returns
to Fingertip position after completion of turn.
d. Common Errors
Wing rolling on Lead's longitudinal axis as opposed to own longitudinal axis.
Wing failing to add power and falling behind.
(3) Lead fails to pull sufficient G and allows rate of descent to become excessive,
then makes rapid correction back to altitude.
Options for Turns Away From Wing in Fingertip
a. Description. The lead change transfers the responsibility for the conduct and in-
flight planning of the flight from one aircraft to another. Lead changes can be accomplished
from various formations, except Fingertip, and are typically done with the Wingman in Route.
b. General. It is important to understand that a lead change is exactly that: The new
leader is now entirely responsible for leading and safely conducting the mission requirements as
briefed. This includes picking up the squawk and making all radio calls and flight planning
decisions and clearing for the formation. The lead change must be crisp and instantaneous, since
no one is clearing for the formation at the instant of lead change. A lead change may be initiated
with the Wingman on either side.
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