INTERCEPT PROCEDURES TEXTBOOK
(2) "Buster, set speed ____" Military power is used to accelerate to the IAS or IMN
designated by the weapons officer.
(3) "Throttle back, set speed ____" The pilot will decrease speed to the IMN desired by
the weapons officer.
(4) "Throttle right back" The pilot will decrease speed as rapidly as possible by
retarding the throttles and using the speed brake. The pilot will continue to slow to minimum
flight speed or until a "Hold speed" command is given.
The prospective weapons officer should understand that the performance of the F-14, F-15E
and F/A-18 are considerably different from that of VT-86 training aircraft. Although possible in
any of these aircraft, the weapons officer should realize that "Climb," "Buster" and "Hard as
poss" may not be available simultaneously in the T-39.
Comm Brevity Glossary
An unclassified portion of the Comm Brevity Glossary from the Multi-service Tactical Brevity
Codes (MCM 3-1), March 1996 is included in the back of this textbook. It is mandatory that
the weapons officer commit these communication terms to memory. These terms will be used
not only in VT-86, but also in operational squadrons.
"In fighter flying, a panic message is the greatest of all crimes. Practice on the ground the exact
words you will use to cover any situation in the air. Say it over and over again until it becomes
Captain Reade Tilley, RAF
WWII, 7 Victories