The Official F-15 Strike Eagle Handbook

by Richard Sheffield

The Loop

Minimum Speed: 415 knots (fully loaded); 320 knots (no bombs)

Minimum Altitude: 2500 feet

(You could lose approximately 1000 feet performing this maneuver.)

• Flying straight and level, pull straight back on the stick and hold it (1).

• The nose will rise until a complete loop is made (2). At the top of the loop, you're inverted and the horizon is below you.

• As the horizon nears level again, let go of the stick in an attempt to stop straight and level (3).

At the end of a Loop maneuver, you'll be about 1000 feet below your starting altitude.

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