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CHAPTER NINE
BASIC FIGHTER MANEUVERING (BFM) THEORY
5.  Control Point. A point inside the control zone. The control point is defined as one turn
radius aft of the defender. As we learned earlier in this chapter, a max performing T-2C will
have a turn radius of 1500 feet. If an attacker can maintain this point, he can control the fight.
Additionally, we saw earlier during the discussion of the E-M diagram, an aircraft's turn radius
is a direct function airspeed and "G". Bottom line: like the bubble, the control point will
constantly change as the target maneuvers.
Figure 9-17 Post-Bubble
Positional advantage is a combination of angular advantage (i.e., less than 180o of turn to your
opponent's flight path on the same heading) with 3 - 9 line advantage and/or lateral turning
room.
918. POST AND BUBBLE SCENARIO
As an attacker approaches another aircraft, it becomes essential that they recognize where he is
in relation to the other aircraft's bubble (turn circle). We can begin with an aircraft outside the
bubble. Since the defender cannot prosecute an attack on an aircraft inside its bubble, this is
where attacking aircraft will want to go. Figure 9-18 illustrates an attack utilizing the post-
bubble structure. The attacker's first move (A) will be to arrive as quickly as possible inside the
other aircraft's turn, employing a weapon as he does so (if able).
The attacker will notice initially the defending aircraft has a relatively slow Track Crossing Rate,
that is, the defending aircraft's relative motion is not drifting very much in his windscreen.
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BASIC FIGHTER MANEUVERING (BFM) THEORY


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