A Spitfire MkXIV follows a Messerschmitt Bf109 into a Split S combat maneuver over France.
The Split S required the pilot to half-roll their aircraft and while inverted execute a descending half-loop, resulting in level flight in the exact opposite direction at a lower altitude.
The maneuver could be an effective tactic to escape a pursuing aircraft as it provided a rapid increase in speed and change of direction, but at the expense of altitude.
June 3rd, 2019
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