A Post Stall Maneuver (ポストストールマニューバ) is any advanced maneuver that a pilot can only perform by forcing the aircraft to stall. These maneuvers can be used to evade enemy fire and re-position the pilot behind another tailing aircraft.
Post Stall Maneuvers have been featured in a limited degree throughout the Ace Combat series. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown will be the first game in the series to give the player true control over inducing these maneuvers.
The following maneuvers can be performed in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
Pugachev's Cobra (or just Cobra) is a maneuver in which a plane raises its nose to vertical level (perpendicular to the ground), even slightly beyond, and then drops back down to level flight. The maneuver allows the plane to evade a target that is directly behind them, then return to level flight behind the target, leaving said target open for a counterattack.
The Kulbit is a maneuver in which a plane performs an extremely tight loop. The Kulbit can be seen as an extension of Pugachev's Cobra, since it completes the loop that the Cobra seems to begin.
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon and Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy allowed the player to perform Post Stall Maneuvers through quick time events, namely Dog Fight Mode and Attack Maneuvers, respectively. The specific maneuver(s) performed would depend on the player's aircraft (and in Assault Horizon, if they were moving the plane in a certain direction).
Enemy units popularized Post Stall Maneuvers in prior games as well. The Yellow Squadron and Megalith defense squadron in Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies were most notable for their over-reliance on Pugachev's Cobra. Ace Combat 2 aces flying the Su-35 Flanker-E and Su-37 Terminator also utilized the Cobra.
- Pugachev's Cobra was named after Soviet test pilot Viktor Pugachyov (romanized as Pugachev), who performed the maneuver during the 1989 Paris Air Show.
- The following aircraft were the only ones capable of performing Pugachev's Cobra in Assault Horizon: