Figure 10-24 Two Circle Flow = Turn Rate Fight

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BASIC FIGHTER MANEUVERS (BFM)
CHAPTER TEN
determined in chapter 9 that the best sustained turn rate will be obtained at an aircraft's corner
speed. In the case of the T-2C, we determined from the E-M diagram that the corner speed is
280 KIAS. We also determined a loss of altitude (slice) will be required to sustain this corner
speed. The fighter will therefore maintain 280 KIAS in a hard nose low slice turn in order to
maximize his turn rate.
The lateral separation between two aircraft at a merge is referred to as "lat sep." The rule of
thumb is to take out all the lat sep possible at a neutral merge. Our training rules limit this to
500 feet. If your opponent allows greater lat sep at the merge, you will gain valuable angles on