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Check your "Six" ?

Old 05-24-2003, 12:42 PM
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What is mean by the phrase “check your six” (aeronautically speaking, not arithmetically speaking).

I think it must refer to the area directly behind the pilot or does it mean the area directly beneath the pilot or does it mean something entirely different?

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Old 05-24-2003, 10:01 PM
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"Check your six," means the area directly behind the aircraft.

Looking down on the aircraft, a convention was drawn up based on the face of the clock, with the nose being 12 o'clock. The tail is thus 6 o'clock. Similarly, the right wing is 3 o'clock, the left wing is 9 o'clock, and you can be as precise or imprecise as you want with respect to intermediate points, such as 1:30 (45 degrees between the nose and the right wing).

If the object in question is significantly above or below level with the plane, "high" and "low" are suffixed to the position, i.e. "Friendlies at 3 o'clock high," etc.
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