Figure 9-20 Flight Path Overshoot and Reversal

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BASIC FIGHTER MANEUVERING (BFM) THEORY
CHAPTER NINE
a shot opportunity. In Figure 9-20, we can see the defender making a mistake and solving the
attacker's overshoot-problem by reversing.
Figure 9-20 Flight Path Overshoot and Reversal
2.  The second type of flight path overshoot is called an in-close overshoot. This occurs when
the attacker crosses the defender's flight path inside the defender's control zone. The in-close
overshoot usually occurs when an attacker attempts a gunshot and fails to control his closure.
Close aboard flight path overshoots are significant in that an instantaneous reversal by the
defender can cause a follow on 3 - 9 overshoot, which may result in a role reversal (i.e., the
defensive aircraft becomes offensive). The defender's options in this scenario are based on three
conditions: range, angles (AOT), and closure. The higher the AOT and closure the attacker has
at the overshoot, the farther across the extended 6 o'clock he will travel. Figure 9-21 illustrates
this type of flight path overshoot in which a timely reversal results favorable positional