AIR FORCE T-38 TRACK INTERMEDIATES
(c) Lead should maintain an airspeed between 100 and 200 KIAS. Do not
exceed 90 degrees of bank or 2 Gs.
(a) The Wingman will use power as required to maintain the Fingertip
position. Anticipate the power requirements needed for turns into and away and use smooth
controlled inputs. KEEP THE VENTRAL FIN ON THE CUTOUT AND EXHAUST STACK
COVERED BY THE WING.
b. Common Errors
(a) Not telegraphing to Two that the formation is accelerating for wingwork,
just going right into maneuvers.
Ratcheting turns (rough airwork).
Failure to maintain airspeed between 100 and 200 KIAS.
Failure to maintain at least one G (unloading).
Exceeding 90 degrees of bank.
(a) Late to add power on the pullup for turns away, failure to pull power on
the downside as Lead accelerates.
Dropping low on turns away.
(c) Failing to match Lead's angle of bank and maintain the ventral fin point
on the cutout and getting acute on turns into.
Crossunders during wingwork are the same as straight and level except that the formation will
be at higher angles of bank. The key for Lead is to be smooth and predictable. The key for Two
is to STABILIZE FIRST, then fly a "square corner" Crossunder just like in Primary, then pick up
Fingertip on the opposite side.
6-4 T-38 FORMATION AREA WORK