Choosing Your Formation

(Photo credit United States Marine Corps)

Military pilots use formations in a calculated way to achieve an objective. That objective might simply be to move more than one aircraft through congested airspace, or it may be to provide mutual support and maneuver space to allow the flight to react to, or engage the enemy. Although there are many types of formations, every formation is a compromise of sorts. A closer formation allows easier control for the flight lead but it limits the leader