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T-6A FORMATION
CHAPTER FOUR
Figure 4-12 delineates pilot and student lookout areas of responsibility. Notice the lack of a
blind area for the section. Primary attention must be in the direction of the suspected threat and
the Wingman's six o'clock position.
Figure 4-12 NFO Lookout Responsibilities
3.
Combat Spread Procedures
a.
Priorities. The first priority in flying combat spread is for the Wingman to maintain
proper bearing. If the Wingman becomes sucked (aft of abeam) or acute (forward of
abeam), lookout doctrine suffers. Moreover, a sucked aircraft becomes more
vulnerable to the enemy. The second priority is maintaining a .3 DME or 1/4 NM
abeam distance. If the Wingman becomes too wide, an enemy aircraft may be able to
engage a Wingman undetected. If too close, the scanned area is reduced. The third
priority is altitude. Altitude can easily be traded for airspeed and used to maintain
bearing.
b.
Taking Combat Spread From Parade or Cruise. When the flight is cleared to
maneuver, the flight Lead will pass the take combat spread signal (palm out, push
away). A technique is to reference base heading, altitude, and airspeed prior to
maneuvering to combat spread. The Wingman then selects maximum allowable
power and aggressively drives the aircraft to the proper tactical formation position.
Excess airspeed should be converted into altitude. If the Wingman's position is
determined to be aft of the abeam (sucked), correction is made by aggressively
lowering the nose, thereby increasing airspeed and reducing rate of climb. If the
Wingman's position is determined to be forward of the abeam (acute), correction is
made by raising the nose aggressively, thereby decreasing airspeed and increasing rate
of climb.
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