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CHAPTER TWO
LOW-LEVEL AND TACTICAL FORMATION
point at the same time. It also prevents ground threats from targeting each aircraft as they pass
overhead.
Line abreast is defined for TWO as 500 feet right abeam, and for THREE as 500 feet left abeam
(Figure 2-5). It is a rigid formation that does not allow LEAD to maneuver and is usually
prebriefed for specific segments of the route. When executed, WING will move into position
until safely past the threat, then move back to the previous formation position (in-trail or fluid
trail).
Figure 2-5 Line Abreast
212. LEAD CHANGE
During a training flight, lead changes will be made to allow formation members to fly several
different positions within the formation. Where lead changes occur is left to the discretion of the
mission commander and shall be thoroughly prebriefed.
1.
If a lead change is briefed to occur at a turnpoint, lead may either continue straight ahead
allowing the formation to turn at the point and then turn to rejoin at the end, or LEAD may
initiate a turn to the next course and continue the turn until approximately 45 beyond course and
allow the formation to pass. When TWO sees LEAD turn at the prebriefed point, he will turn to
the new course and when abeam LEAD, transmit "two has the lead." Once the formation has
passed, old LEAD can rejoin the formation as TWO in a 2-ship or THREE in a 3-ship and the
new LEAD takes the squawk (Figure 2-6).
2.
If the lead change is briefed at the midpoint of a leg, LEAD transmits "stand by for lead
change." LEAD then turns left 45 and allows for formation to pass. When abeam LEAD, TWO
transmits "two has the lead". Once the formation has passed, old LEAD rejoins as TWO in a 2-
ship, or THREE in a 3-ship and the new LEAD takes the squawk. The method selected depends
upon the situation and is normally based on ensuring that visual contact is kept between
formation members.
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TACTICAL FORMATION


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