chase aircraft


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chase aircraft

Aircraft flown in proximity to another aircraft, normally to observe its performance during training or testing. Also called chase.
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With the retirement of the T-2, VX-20 is transitioning to the C-38 Courier to serve as chase aircraft, radar test targets and pilot proficiency aircraft.
The FA-18 pilot, flying as chase aircraft, received a GPWS warning and performed a maximum-performance pullout, bottoming out at 420 knots and 70 feet above the terrain.
Due to hydraulic, electrical or other mechanical failures occurring on practically every flight, several safety chase aircraft flew with the XB-70 during its test mission.
They are accompanied by chase aircraft with safety, photo and refueling support from the 370th FLTS at Edwards AFB, Calif.
The squadron will assume responsibility of all the test support for air refueling, all chase aircraft, all target support aircraft and minor testing that doesn't really fall under any specific test force, officials said.
US chase aircraft, which could alter the missile's course in an emergency, then tracked the weapon.