So, how do you
use the funnel? The gun in the F- 16 is bore sighted to 6 mils.
This means that the gun is adjusted to fire a burst that will
put 80% of the rounds inside a 6-foot diameter circle at 1,000
feet. This is a tight pattern. You can have either a highly concentrated
burst that completely misses the target or a very lethal burst
that vaporizes the target. It just depends on the quality of your
gun sight (and your ability to aim it.) Air-to-air situations
are always dynamic, and targets under attack will normally jink
violently to stay alive. Since the sight (and your reactions)
are not instantaneous, it is likely you may achieve a highly accurate
miss; that is, a tight burst that finds only empty air. The sight
was lined up and stable, but you missed. How could this happen?
The sight was lying because the target was jinking faster than
the sight could react. The way to overcome this problem is to
strive for an inaccurate hit. You do this by using the EEGS funnel
to fire a burst while moving the target through the area of uncertainty.
The EEGS funnel gives you a perfect solution when the wingtips
of the target match the width of the funnel. If the target is
jinking, however, this "perfect solution' may be in error.
Here is how to
use the gun cross / funnel combination to kill the bandit:
Place the gun
cross out in front of the target. Picture the target with a long
pilot boom sticking out the nose. The gun cross should be placed
on this extended pilot boom. If the target changes his plane-of-motion,
then fly to place the gun cross on the new position of this imaginary
pole sticking out of the nose of the target.
Next, over lead
the target by making the wingspan of the target extend past the
funnel. This will place your bullet stream in front of the target's
Fire the gun while
easing up on the G. This will move the target from the bottom
of the funnel to the top. Cease fire when the target's wings are
inside the funnel.
Make a slight
jink out of the bandit's plane-of-motion so, when he blows up,
you don't suck a body part down your intake.
uses the gun cross and the EEGS funnel to place the bullet stream
in front of the bandit. When you ease up on the G, the target
should fly through your bullets. Our last image shows how to make