AIR FORCE T-38 TRACK INTERMEDIATES
(5) The typical flow for Extended Trail is a Wingover, to a Barrel Roll, to a leaf of
a Cloverleaf, to a Half Cuban Eight.
This is just technique; you can do any sequence of the four you want, but this sequence works
THE EXTENDED TRAIL WINGOVER
The Extended Trail wingover is a little different from the wingover that you flew in Primary.
The Extended Trail wingover does not reference the ground. Instead, reference the area and
energy level. The Extended Trail wingover is used not only as a maneuver in Extended Trail,
but also as an administrative maneuver to set up for the next maneuver in Extended Trail, gain
energy/lose energy, work towards the center of the area, or avoid clouds.
(1) Let nose drop to gain 190-200 knots, roll wings level and pull through the
horizon to about 30-45 degrees nose high (about heels on the horizon).
(2) Start an aggressive roll to about 120 degrees of bank and aggressively pull down
to about 40-50 degrees nose low.
(3) As you regain airspeed to 190-200, roll to maintain the turn and give Two some
angle-off to work with.
THE EXTENDED TRAIL BARREL ROLL
The Barrel Roll is very similar to the PA Barrel Roll in execution. The Barrel Roll is useful as
a backup maneuver if your Cloverleaf does not go well; namely, you are too fast to pull through
the Loop portion of the Cloverleaf. The key to the Barrel Roll is a good energy exchange
between 200 knots to no slower than 100 knots at the top. Keep the nose tracking throughout the
maneuver. Once the maneuver is complete, resume the turn to give Two some angles to work
(1) Keep turning until you are ready for the pull in the vertical. Allow the nose to
drop to attain 190-200 knots.
(2) With airspeed, roll wings level and pull into the vertical to approximately 50
degrees nose high and start to roll towards 3-9 line.
(3) Slow or accelerate the roll so that you reach your target of 100 knots inverted,
hold positive G throughout the maneuver, keep the nose tracking through the maneuver.
(4) On the backside of the maneuver, allow aircraft to accelerate to 190-200 knots,
resume the turn to give Wing some angles to work with.
6-8 T-38 FORMATION AREA WORK