Target Pattern Procedures
During the trim run, you may set your armament switches, except for the master armament switch. Be
sure that your gunsight comes on and that you have the correct mil setting for your intended ordnance
and pattern. Descending through 5,000 ft, verify proper operation of the Low Altitude Warning tone, then
reset RADALT to as follows:
30-degree bombs - 1,700 ft
20-degree bombs - 1,200 ft
10-degree bombs -
10-degree strafe -
Set the weapons selector to BOMBS.
Check for correct Mil setting.
Select the appropriate station select switch. If your bomb rack is on the right wing station, push the
R STA button; the top half will light up amber.
Approaching roll-in, set the master armament switch to ARM; the lower half of the station select
switch will illuminate green and the "X" over BOMBS will be removed.
To release ("pickle") a bomb, press the release button, called the pickle, located to the left of the trim
switch on the stick grip. If a bomb fails to release, reconfirm switch positions prior to your next run--
you cannot release bombs with the rocket relay. The correct station select switch must be lit; with
the master armament switch to ARM, both halves of the station select switch should be lit. The top
is amber and the bottom is green. The top reads R STA and the bottom reads ARM. Be sure you
push the correct button on the stick; the radio mute is on the side of the grip and the gun trigger is
on the front. (See Figure 2 for switches.)
NOTE: If the station selector on the PMBR is set to SAFE, no ordnance will be dropped by the first
pickle; instead, the station selector will step up to 1 to release the first bomb on the next pickle.
Upon recovery from each run, turn the master armament switch to SAFE. For succeeding runs,
operate only the master armament switch. After the last run, set the master armament switch to
SAFE, the weapons selector to OFF, and check all station select switches deselected (in the "out"
position and unlit).