LOW-LEVEL AND TACTICAL FORMATION
Figure 2-7 Crosswind Procedures for Airdrops
Attempting to regain position by reducing power and/or airspeed
will cause a nose-high, low-power situation and may result in a
216. DZ ESCAPE
Each aircraft will execute a combat escape. After the IP calls "load clear", LEAD retracts flaps,
turns to escape heading, accelerates to enroute airspeed, and climbs or descends as required.
WING watches for LEAD's flaps to retract, waits for the IP to call "load clear", and initiates
escape by retracting flaps and accelerating to maintain/regain position.
A racetrack is a planned pattern to allow a formation to make multiple passes over the same drop
zone. This may be desirable for dropping large numbers of jumpers on drop zones too small to
accommodate all jumpers at the same time or for other considerations. Racetracks will be used
at the discretion of the mission commander and will be briefed prior to flight. Formation
racetrack procedures are as follows and as depicted in Figure 2-8.
Following LEAD's red light, LEAD will maintain drop run-in, altitude, and airspeed for one
minute to allow WING aircraft to complete their green light time. At the end of one minute,
LEAD will retract flaps, accelerate to enroute airspeed, initiate a climb or descent as appropriate
and execute a 180º turn to parallel the run-in course to the drop zone. Slowdown, drop, and
escape will be flown as previously described.