by Richard Sheffield
Split-S or Descending Half-Loop
Minimum Speed: None
Minimum Altitude: 10,000 feet (fully loaded on afterburners); 3,000 feet (no bomb load and 55-percent power)
A Split-S is used to quickly obtain a reverse heading and pick up speed and energy in the process. Make sure you have enough altitude.
• You're flying straight and level (1).
• Apply full left or right stick (2).
• Stop the aircraft's rotation once you reach an inverted position and you're flying straight and level upside down (3).
• Pull back on the stick and hold until the horizon comes up. Stop when the horizon is level (4).
The Split-S maneuver is one you can use to quickly lose altitude while making a 180-degree turn.