by Richard Sheffield
The Break Turn
Minimum Speed: 100 knots above stall speed
Minimum Altitude: None
(Watch your energy level—you may have to increase power to maintain this turn for more than a second or two.)
A break turn is used to change direction as quickly as possible. Often used to avoid missiles or to outmaneuver enemy aircraft.
• Flying straight and level, apply full left or right stick (1).
• Hold the stick until the horizon appears vertical. Now pull back on the stick. You're now in a maximum performance turn at 90 degrees (2).To maintain a Break Turn for more than a moment, you'll have to increase power. If you're already at 100-percent thrust, hit the afterburners.