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AIR FORCE T-38 TRACK INTERMEDIATES
CHAPTER 5
c. Common Errors
(1)
Lead
(a)
Commanding a Rejoin in one direction, but rolling into bank the opposite
direction.
(b)  Sloppy basic aircraft control in altitude, airspeed, etc. or changing
parameters without a reason and without notifying Two.
(c)
Setting up an orbit for the Turning Rejoin that takes the formation out of
the area.
(d)  Not recognizing an opportunity to climb or descend during the Rejoin
phase. Not planning ahead for the formation while Two works the Rejoin.
(2)
Wing
(a)  Immediately committing to a High Yo-Yo when Lead rocks his wings and
Lead is actually commanding a Straight Ahead Rejoin.
(b)
Being confused about the Rejoin direction and not clarifying with Lead on
the radio.
(c)
Pulling inappropriate lead, too much or not enough.
(d)  Not having the lead slightly above the horizon, either doing a low-to-high
Rejoin or not being slightly below Lead's turning plane.
(e)  Letting Aspect and Angle-Off build for no reason and not recognizing a
dangerous closure situation developing.
(f)  Not stabilizing in Route before rejoining to Fingertip. Rejoining with a lot
of closure and aspect and forcing an overshoot situation (underrun).
519.
OVERSHOOT FROM A TURNING REJOIN
The Overshoot (Figure 5-8) is a maneuver to ensure separation of aircraft should the Wingman
fail to recognize an unsafe Rejoin or a Rejoin with excessive closure. As in Primary Formation,
recognize the overshoot (underrun) situation early enough so that you can either correct or
overshoot gently to the outside of the turn. Unlike Primary, however, you will not rejoin on the
outside of the turn. Instead, maneuver below Lead to the rejoin line on the inside of the turn and
restart the Rejoin. Plan your Overshoot to pass two ship lengths behind Lead as a minimum and
keep Lead in sight at all times. Once you have crossed to the outside of the turn, increase bank
to stabilize the separation, but do not pull into Lead or pull higher than the Echelon Turn
position. If Two sees that he will pass under or in front of Lead, or that he cannot control his
closure with an overshoot, then Two will break out of formation.
T-38 FORMATION ADMIN 5-19


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