At 240 knots, as the aircraft reached the 135-degree point during the downwind turn, the Tomcat continued to roll left through 100-degree angle of bank
If the flight controls had reverted to MECH when I was at 600 feet and 85 degrees angle of bank
, I would have been short of options.
Another option would be to roll the helicopter into a high angle of bank
to stay over the airfield and to avoid the trees.
At the merge, the wingman commenced a hard 135-degree angle of bank
descending left turn.
Shortly thereafter, the pilot commenced a level, reverse turn at 20-25 degrees angle of bank
to exit the canyon.
This action made the situation even worse, because the left cyclic only put us into a sharp angle of bank
I made my power pull into the wind for take-off and found myself excessively nose low, with an increasing angle of bank
In a nose-high attitude the pilot transitioned to a side flare with excessive angle of bank
I called traffic to the crew, hut my pilot and ECMO 2--right side, aft cockpit--couldn't see the aircraft because of our angle of bank
and the thick Grumman Ironwork's canopy bow.
The copilot said he had terrain in sight and entered a 60-degree angle of bank
to the right to stay VMC.
I kept in my angle of bank
, flew slightly fast, and listened intently for paddles.
He then executed a waveoff by maintaining a 30-degree angle of bank
to the right and by pulling the nose up aggressively- while NOT adding full power.