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    Me and another spotter have noticed that when fighter jets are landing they do a fly-by at about 1000 feet, then break off, spin around and land. Anyone know why they do that?
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    Originally posted by Cam
    Me and another spotter have noticed that when fighter jets are landing they do a fly-by at about 1000 feet, then break off, spin around and land. Anyone know why they do that?
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    • #3
      they do this for spacing, it's more common for the Navy boys doing the "break" over the carrier. Each jet will break 3 seconds after the last one to give spacing to land.

      The AF does it as well, but the term is called a "carrier break" and is usually done at 1000-1500 AGL.

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      • #4
        They do it bacuse the arrive in formation, so they can get the spacing right. And for show-off. However depending on the Air Force you often see planes ,that arrive alone, doing straight in landings.

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        • #5
          Air Force pilots also call it a "Tactical Break" it has 2 reasons that it is done.

          1. To induce separation for landing from the formation that they were in.

          2. Allows the pilots to get a visual overview of the airfield prior to landing in case of hostile forces nearby.
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