trail formation


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trail formation

A formation in which all aircraft are in single file, each directly behind the other. See also column formation.
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Over the skies of Ras Al Khaimah, each aircraft adjusted its speed and turned to achieve a trail formation. The aircraft then descended into their positions and vertical separation was reduced to 300 feet.
As number three in a radar trail formation en route to the tanker, my pilot admitted that he was "really going tango uniform." It took some serious crew coordination to talk and walk him into formation with the tanker and onto the boom: I'd tell him, "You fly the ADI, I'll talk you in," and I gave him the verbal PAR up onto the tanker's wing.
The vision of over 100 Hueys going into a single-ship LZ in trail formation under constant fire, uncertain as to just who controlled the LZ, made my blood run cold.
"I saw three trucks with machine guns in the back in kind of like a straight trail formation hauling ...
Overall, the subcommittee wrote, it was apparent from a "number of excellent records" that aircraft engine "exhaust is often intimately connected with trail formation." In the words of the subcommittee report:
of Birmingham, presented "Mechanisms of Bubble Trail Formation in Castings (01-048)." Bubble trail describes the defect remaining in film-forming alloys after the passage of a bubble through the melt, said the presenters.