10 Maneuvers Pilots In WWII Used For Success
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- B&Z (Boom and Zoom) – a hit and run attack where a fighter would dive onto an enemy and then zoom away, repeating the process.
- Scissoring – a defensive tactic where two fighters would cross each other’s paths, making it difficult for either to get a clear shot.
- Immelmann Turn – a maneuver named after German Ace Max Immelmann, used to reverse direction quickly while gaining altitude.
- Thach Weave – a defensive tactic developed by US Navy fighter pilot John Thach, involving two fighters weaving in tandem to protect each other from enemy attacks.
- Split-S – a sudden dive followed by a pull-up, used as an evasive maneuver or to shake off a pursuer.
- Low Yo-Yo – a sudden dive followed by a pull-up at low altitude, used to gain speed and energy.
- High Yo-Yo – a sudden dive followed by a pull-up at high altitude, used to confuse and disorient an enemy.
- Barrel Roll – a looping maneuver used to change direction rapidly and evade enemy fire.
- Chandelle – a climbing turn used to gain altitude while changing direction.
- Vertical Reverse – a maneuver involving a sudden pull-up followed by a roll, used to reverse direction and evade enemy fire.