air interception


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air interception

To effect visual or electronic contact by a friendly aircraft with another aircraft. Normally, the air intercept is conducted in the following five phases: a. climb phase--Airborne to cruising altitude. b. maneuver phase--Receipt of initial vector to target until beginning transition to attack speed and altitude. c. transition phase--Increase or decrease of speed and altitude required for the attack. d. attack phase--Turn to attack heading, acquire target, complete attack, and turn to breakaway heading. e. recovery phase--Breakaway to landing. See also close-controlled air interception.
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The citation read, in part, that the unit "obtained information that was of inestimable value...in the detection of planned enemy air raids far in advance of the actual time of the proposed strike, enabling our forces to effect air interception of the enemy prior [to] his arrival over our installations."
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During the twenties and thirties, despite reduced budgets, the army and a budding aviation industry addressed the three nighttime aviation problems described above: so-called "blind flying," imprecise navigation, and the difficulties of air interception. The first two were the easiest to solve.