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MIL-HDBK-1027/3B Spacing.  Initial points shall be placed on each run-in line at
10,000, 15,000, 20,000, 30,000, 40,000, and 50,000 ft (304a, 4572, 6096, 9144,
12 192 and 15 240 m) from the target.  The points on the primary run-in line
shell be radar reflective.  All others shall be nonreflective. Details.  Details of typical initial points shall be the same as for
the High-altitude Level-bombing Range. (See Facility Plate NO. 179-10,
Figure 3.)
Distance Markers. The primary aircraft approach lane is normally
marked, in the last 10 mi (16.09 km) to the target, every 5,000 ft (1524 m)
with 8 x 12 ft (2.44 x 3.66 m) markers.  The numeral indicating thousands of
feet iS 7 ft (2.13 m) high.  (See Facility Plate No. 179-10, Sheet 19.)
Control Tower. The loft foot bombing range control tower shall be
located approximately 20,000 ft (6096 m) from the primary run-in line on a
line perpendicular thereto and a maximum of 12,000 ft (3657.6 m) ahead of the
target.  The tower floor shall be approximately 70 ft (21.34 m) above the
Spotting Towers. Three spotting towers shall be located at 120
intervals on a circle 6,000 ft (1828.8 m) in radius, having the target as its
center and the spotting tower furthest from the control tower being on a line
perpendicular to the primary run-in line at the center of the target.
Equipment. Provide the loft-bombing range with electronic scoring
Aerial Mining Range. An aerial mining target range is used for
training proficiency in the release of mines from aircraft. A water danger
zone, as shown in Facility Plate No. 179-10, Sheet 20, is assigned for this
purpose and only training shapes are used.  Fleet operations using aerial
mines during maneuvers have special areas designated by the Fleet Commander
for a temporary period.  The planning information contained herein pertains to
training facilities associated with fleet Support air stations.  The water
depth and bottom conditions that apply to fleet operations are not applicable
to a normal aerial mining range training facility.
Site.  The airspace-restricted area shall measure a minimum of 3 x 8
mi (4.82 x 12.87 km) and shall be coincidental with the surface-impact area on
the water.  The length should be parallel to the coastline for maximum
visibility from the control tower and spotting towers.
Targets. Normally, the target area should be located along an
irregular coastline having readily identifiable landmarks.  Specific pinpoint
targets, if desired, shall be constructed and located recording to local range
requirements.  For typical water target, see Facility Plate No. 179-10,
Sheet 21.  For typical water target details, refer to Facility Plate No. 179-
10, Sheet 22.


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