More Training for Computer Fighter Pilots
by Richard G. Sheffield
The Vertical Roll
The vertical roll can be performed by itself or as part of any other maneuver that requires a straight up climb. The main problem with this maneuver, as with all vertical maneuvers, is knowing when you are flying perfectly straight up. Use the different view function of the simulation to help you locate the vertical.
- Fly straight and level at 500 knots or more. (1)
- Pull back on the stick until you're in a 90 degree (vertical) climb. (2)
- Now apply full left or right stick and perform an aileron roll. At this point you can level off, or continue the climb, into another maneuver. (3)
Figure 3-7. The Vertical Roll