Air To Air Gunnery – Theory and Application, Part Three Page 4

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The Fixed Sight and How to Use It

Fixed sights come in many forms. We are all familiar with the typical WW1 and WW2 sights.

WW1 Fixed Sight (Red Baron)

WW2 Fixed Sight (Janes WW2)

WW2 Fixed Sight (EAW)

But, the fact is that, as long as a sight has a gun line (cross) symbol, it can be used as a fixed sight. Look at these later model sights.

F-80 Fixed Sight (MiG Alley)

F-105 Fixed Sight (Janes USAF)

F-16 Fixed Sight (Falcon 4)

F/A-18 Fixed Sight (Janes F/A-18)

Why would a pilot want to go back to this type of aiming device when he has the option of using a LCOSS? Very simply because there are certain gun shot situations where the relationship between the shooter and target is changing so rapidly that the LCOSS setting time cannot be achieved. There are those times when a ‘point and shoot’ firing opportunity presents itself. Knowing how to do this can be your ‘ace card’…you can play it any time you want.

How so, you may ask? Two ways…a tracking shot and a non-tracking or snap shot. Both of these attack types require a good understanding of the relationship between the gun line symbol, the bullet stream, and the target’s plane of motion. In either case, you want to minimize the lead angle solution variables by getting in close…short range means minimum projectile TOF which results in minimum lead for target motion and minimum gravity drop. Also, as long as you can get in close, target angle off will have minimum negative effect.

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