In Top Gun (1986), a flight got hit by a missile:

Airboss: Get a bearing on Hollywood and Wolfman and launch the rescue helicopter immediately.

What does "Get a bearing on" mean?

  • $\begingroup$ Just another word for Direction to... $\endgroup$ Nov 18, 2022 at 19:02

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It means to obtain a magnetic bearing from the ship to the location where the survivors ejected in order to get the helicopter flying in the correct direction expeditiously.

This would entail plotting a point that is 090 degrees for 20 miles from the "bullseye" briefed for that mission, marking that spot, and plotting a bearing line from the ship to that point.

See the answer to this question to understand the second paragraph above: "090 for 20"


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