More Training for Computer Fighter Pilots
by Richard G. Sheffield
The split-S, or descending half loop, is often used to transition from a high altitude maneuver to a low altitude maneuver. It is also used as a defensive maneuver and a bombing method in combat. The minimum altitude for this maneuver depends on the load you're carrying and the amount of thrust applied during the descending portion of the maneuver.
- Fly straight and level. (1)
- Apply full right or left stick. (2)
- Stop the rotation in an inverted position. (3)
- Pull back on the stick and hold it until the horizon appears. Pull out in level flight. (4)
Once you've mastered the split-S with this method, try pulling back on the stick during the half roll portion of the maneuver to roll and dive at the same time.
Figure 2-4. The Split-S