From: 20 yrs ago - SDO -> med down, w/BC glasses on
ORIGINAL: Joe D.
In any case, the separate division elements flew far abeam of one another; depending on which element was attacked, the other element would look for a head-on snapshot, or even a deflection shot as the attacked element weaved towards them with the enemy in tow.
Can any aviators confirm this?
ACM wasn't my specialty, but I do believe you are visualizing the aircraft a little too far apart. You don't want a to end up with a head-on shot. You want to fall in behind the advisory that is attempting to attack your wingman.
While not completely defensive the Thach Weave was A PLAN and in ACM any plan is usually a lot better than nothing. Also I don't think radios had much to do with it working so well. This a very fluid engagement. Your ability to express yourself in the few seconds that would transpire during and just prior to the execution of your plan was not good. You could call out bogeys but that's about it.
Wasn't it Maverick who said "You don't have time to think up there. If you think, you're are dead."
While taken literally it's a ridiculous statement, its does have some truth to it. The Thach weave was a great substitute for making the terrible mistake of thinking too much during these first few seconds.
Gary S (USN 1320, 1985-1993)
AOCS 1985, VT10 1985-86, VT86 1986, VS41 1986-87
VS32 1987-90 (NSO/NWTO, deployed w/CV-66, CVN-71)
VS27 1990-91 (NATOPS/Safety)
SFWSLANT 1991-93 (AGM-84 All platforms, S-3 A/B systems)