trail formation


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trail formation

[′trāl fȯr‚mā·shən]
(aerospace engineering)
Aircraft flying singly or in elements in such manner that each aircraft or element is in line behind the preceding aircraft or element.
(engineering)
Vehicles proceeding one behind the other at designated intervals. Also known as column formation.
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Opening throttle will also increase the possibility of trail formation due to local reduction of pressure on the airscrew or wings.
Hence throttling down would tend to decrease trail formation and would certainly decrease the density of any trail formed owning to the smaller amount of water per cubic metre in the trail.
The two J-8s initially began a loose trail formation but quickly changed tactics and closed on the EP-3E from the rear at the seven o'clock position.
He was number two in a 2-mile radar trail formation, at 1,500' MSL, in IMC and on a base leg for an ILS approach.
They were in loose trail formation so I pulled in behind the rear aircraft and gave a "Tallyho" on enemy bogeys.