AIR FORCE T-38 TRACK INTERMEDIATES
Route position. As you approach the Route position, start to slow your closure. Stabilize in the
Route position; once stabilized, move smoothly into Fingertip.
(a) Distinct wing rock three times or direct the Rejoin on the radio "Knight
Rejoin Straight Ahead," rollout wings level.
Pull power smoothly to reduce airspeed to 120 knots.
Monitor Two's progress while clearing for the formation.
Once you see Lead's wing rock, add max power and turn toward Lead.
(b) For a Straight Ahead Rejoin, immediately use pure pursuit (pointing at
Lead) to maneuver to approximately 400-500 feet behind Lead. Make sure you do not bleed all
your energy in this maneuver.
Roll in trail with Lead slightly above the horizon.
Monitor your airspeed as you get closer to Lead. Remember he is at 120
(e) Approximately three ship lengths behind Lead, point the aircraft to the
Route position of the side you want to rejoin to.
Maneuver to the Route position, and stabilize.
Once stabilized in Route, smoothly move into the Fingertip position.
b. Common Errors
Lead forgetting to slow to 120 knots and not telling Two what his parameters
Lead slowing to less than 120 knots and not telling Two, setting Two up for an
(3) Wing depleting, losing all his energy in the turn to Lead's six and rolling out in
trail at 120 knots.
OVERSHOOT FROM STRAIGHT AHEAD REJOIN
An Overshoot (underrun) from the Straight Ahead Rejoin will be executed similar to the
Straight Ahead Under Run in Primary; lower the nose, reduce PCL to idle, then turn away from
Lead to ensure you have a vector away. Try to reduce your closure early. Watch your airspeed
as you get closer to Lead and reduce the airspeed incrementally as you get closer, always
reference Lead's airspeed compared to yours. If there is any doubt about your ability to stabilize
in Route without passing in front of Lead, then execute an Overshoot; in any case, never pass in
front of Lead or under him. If you cannot prevent passing in front of Lead (i.e. Lead's 3/9 line
[directly abeam]), then you must breakout of formation.
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