AIR FORCE T-38 TRACK INTERMEDIATES
(2) Wing attempts to save the Rejoin and bleeds off too much energy with Gs
making the Rejoin excessively long as Wing maneuvers to gain that energy back.
Wing passes under or in front of Lead in the overshoot and does not break out.
(4) Wing banks up after the overshoot and either pulls into Lead or pulls above the
(5) Wing maneuvers back out to the rejoin line after the overshoot and sets up a
poor Rejoin, ending up overshooting again.
a. Description. Lost Wingman is similar to "separated" in Primary.
b. General. Lost Wingman procedures shall be briefed for every formation flight. Lost
Wingman procedures are very specific maneuvers that will be executed should the Wingman
lose sight of Lead while in IMC. The Lost Wingman procedure takes into account the need to
gain separation from Lead while trying not to violate the radar control protected airspace around
Lead. It is essential that Lead inform ATC as soon as possible that Wing has gone Lost
Wingman, and that Wing pick up a squawk and clearance as soon as possible. Going Lost
Wingman can be very disorientating for the Wingman, so smooth execution of the procedures is
crucial! Lost Wingman is like a waveoff or underrun in Primary; if there is any doubt,
SMOOTHLY TRANSITION TO INSTRUMENTS AND GO LOST WINGMAN!
It is appropriate to reemphasize Lead's responsibility for the flight at this point. Lead must be
directive in ensuring the Lost Wingman situation presents as little hazard as possible to other
aircraft. Lead should not hesitate to jump on the radios and ensure ATC is informed, and that
Wing is working on a separate clearance. Two is essentially in the weather without a clearance.
Your highest likelihood of actual Lost Wingman is while maneuvering for recovery in busy
airspace. The controllers need to know where you are to preclude a mid-air collision. In any
Lost Wingman situation, once safe separation is ensured, resume course and obtain a separate
clearance from ATC.
c. Procedures. The procedures below are for both actual situations and for practice.
Lost Wingman procedures will be practiced in VMC to prepare for actual situations. The
practice maneuver is initiated by the leader transmitting "(Tactical call sign), go practice Lost
Wingman." Both aircraft will then proceed as directed below:
Remember: Lost Wingman- NOTIFY, TRANSITION, CALL OUT PARAMETERS.
Straight and Level:
i. Acknowledge Wing's Lost Wingman call and maintain straight and
level flight. Call heading and altitude and airspeed on the radio, e.g., Knight One's heading 270,
5000 feet, 150 knots. Command a Rejoin when Wing calls "Visual."
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