1: You are flying the #4 position in a flight of 4 aircraft. During some moderate maneuvering, the #3 aircraft is not very smooth. The flight is maneuvering in a 30 degree descending turn. The #3 aircraft has a gyration and in an instant, you loose sight of the flight. Do you do know what to do as #4? Is there a radio call? What does the flight lead do?
If you loose sight of the flight, for any reason and are:
A. on the OUTSIDE of a turn - reverse the direction of turn using 15 degrees of bank for 10 seconds while informing lead you are executing Lost Wingman procedures. A typical radio call might be "RED 4 Lost Sight". Inform lead of your heading and altitude when able. Ensure separation prior to resuming the turn. Obtain clearance from lead to allow a safe rejoin.
B. on the INSIDE of a turn - momentarily reduce power to ensure nose-tail separation. A typical radio call might be "RED 4 Lost Sight, RED Lead roll out". Maintain current angle of bank to ensure lateral separation. Inform lead of your heading and altitude when able. Once assured of separation, lead may resume the turn. Obtain clearance from lead to allow a safe rejoin.
Remember, it is YOUR responsibility, it is your CONTRACT as wingman to ensure safe separation from the flight and to inform lead immediately that you are executing the lost wingman procedure. It is then lead’s responsibility to ensure that the flight continues safely until lead can bring you back aboard the flight in the appropriate manner.