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Hi all, I've created something over the past few months I think you'll all enjoy. Formation flight has been scripted and now when you're looking for a casual formation flight experience with other people online (or by yourself), you no longer have to worry about coordinating the effort. My script is packed full of voiceovers (more than 160 of them) which will get you from the runway and into the formation.

 

 

I have game-ified this for you. You'll earn points and move up the ranks. Your score is saved when you are done, and retrieved when you come back for more.

 

 

Don't worry if you don't see anyone else online. You'll have a lot of fun by yourself as well, chasing the Lead and moving between the formations as he calls them out to you. The formations and the voiceovers are all randomized, so the game play is never the same each time you come back.

 

 

After playing around in public servers where people are not on voice comms with each other, I just knew there HAD TO BE A BETTER WAY to coordinate formation flying. I also see lots of people just looking for casual formation flying when they don't feel like blowing stuff up, so I've created this public server to compliment the other popular ones you see like Just Dog Fight, Aerobatics Online, etc. This will be a new place solely for you to practice your formation skills while being guided by the script, alone or with others. It's great to learn the handling characteristics of a new plane you're flying, and also just good for a "warm-up" before heading into a combat mission. The more people that are in the server, the more formations that are unlocked for random choosing (you can't do a diamond with 3 people).

 

 

 

Game play took inspiration from the formations skydivers do during competition. Each time a formation is completed, they must quickly rearrange themselves into a new formation and repeat as many times as possible before...splat. Same sort of thing here in this mission. Once everyone is in their slot and holds it together for ten seconds, a new one is picked at random, you'll get some bonus points, and you must quickly hit your next slot. Not in your slot? You'll lose 1 point per second. In your slot? You'll earn points each second (more for tight formations, less for loose formations). The script has audio and visual cues which help you find your slot in addition to the briefing AND kneeboard pages included in the mission.

 

 

Make sure to read the briefing. The Lead pilot is sort of protective of his airspace surrounding his formation and you must obtain clearance to enter the formation. It's easy, as long as you just look at the briefing. Again, just watch out for that Lead pilot as you never know what he'll say to you next! It's randomized every time a formation is completed.

 

 

You must demonstrate proper fuel management and the ability to land in order to save your score. There are three save zones at different airports...again, in the briefing.

 

 

There are two versions that are up now: Jets, and Warbirds. The two alternate back and forth approx. every other day. Your earned/accumulated score is common between the two versions. I'll also have a helo version coming soon, along with a video tutorial in case you can't figure out how to read the simple briefing.

 

 

Oh, and don't even try to take weapons ;) Those are not for this server.

 

 

Cheers to all! You'll find yourself better able to handle your aircraft after spending a little time in here.

 

 

Search for Formation Flight Challenge in the multiplayer server list, click the little star icon on the left side and make it a favorite. It's running on the latest open beta.

 

 

Please feel free to leave suggestions and feedback! Knowing that you guys are enjoying it is all the fuel I need to keep making it better.

-GT-

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My DCS Missions: Band of Buds series | The End of the T-55 Era | Normandy PvP | Host of the Formation Flight Challenge server

 

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Way to go, GT! Good to see you getting this released to the public!

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Thanks Tower :smilewink:

 

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Great video! Love the shots when it's all sped up, lol.

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Minor update:

Made it such that everyone in the formation will now hear the same voiceovers from the Lead pilot once a formation is completed, just in case they are on voice chat with each other and mention something about it. Prior to this, voiceovers were picked at random for each pilot in the formation. Now, they are still randomized but also synchronized among the pilots.

My DCS Missions: Band of Buds series | The End of the T-55 Era | Normandy PvP | Host of the Formation Flight Challenge server

 

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Server is not updating to the new 2.5.6 until bugs are resolved. Server is still online for those who have not yet updated.


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My DCS Missions: Band of Buds series | The End of the T-55 Era | Normandy PvP | Host of the Formation Flight Challenge server

 

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Oh Boy, this is sooo coool!

 

 

Thanks a lot GT :)

 

 

 

Thanks for the feedback :). Glad you enjoyed it. Come back for more and work yourself higher up the ranks :)

My DCS Missions: Band of Buds series | The End of the T-55 Era | Normandy PvP | Host of the Formation Flight Challenge server

 

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Server will be down between Feb 23 and March 5 for various reasons. I apologize in advance, but the fun will return!

My DCS Missions: Band of Buds series | The End of the T-55 Era | Normandy PvP | Host of the Formation Flight Challenge server

 

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Can't see it :( What software version are you running on?

 

 

Connection was lost thru the night. Try again now. Latest OB.

My DCS Missions: Band of Buds series | The End of the T-55 Era | Normandy PvP | Host of the Formation Flight Challenge server

 

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Works, thank you! :)

 

There may be a bug: That 500 points penalty for entering the formation airspace unauthorized - are you sure they are really subtracted and not added instead?

 

I got a penalty on the first try, did less than a dozen formations on my own afterwards and came out with 625 points. Is this possible?


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Not a bug. You can’t go less than zero, so if you lost 500 on the first try (when you had zero), then you stay at zero.

My DCS Missions: Band of Buds series | The End of the T-55 Era | Normandy PvP | Host of the Formation Flight Challenge server

 

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I had the chance to fly on the server for an hour or so. It was amazing! I’ll definitely be dropping by for more forms practice and I’ll be pointing people to the server too if they want to get better at forms too. Pretty sweet implementation. I’m looking forward to multi-ship formation flying!

~Bailey

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I had the chance to fly on the server for an hour or so. It was amazing! I’ll definitely be dropping by for more forms practice and I’ll be pointing people to the server too if they want to get better at forms too. Pretty sweet implementation. I’m looking forward to multi-ship formation flying!

~Bailey

 

 

 

Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the feedback! The more people in the server, the more formations that will unlock. There are currently 10 of them (as seen on the kneeboard and in the briefing).

My DCS Missions: Band of Buds series | The End of the T-55 Era | Normandy PvP | Host of the Formation Flight Challenge server

 

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I had another great session. This time with 1 other person.

Can it be possible that overhead pics of the formations be put on the kneeboard? Also the list of saving airports and save locations on the airport.

~Bailey

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FORMATION FLIGHT CHALLENGE server

 

I had another great session. This time with 1 other person.

Can it be possible that overhead pics of the formations be put on the kneeboard? Also the list of saving airports and save locations on the airport.

~Bailey

 

 

 

The formations are already on the kneeboard. I’m not going to add the save locations to the kneeboard. There are only three spots which you’ll have memorized in no time. Alt+B is your friend. Also, if you are flying a plane which can navigate to waypoints, WP0, 1 and 2 are your save airfields.


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My DCS Missions: Band of Buds series | The End of the T-55 Era | Normandy PvP | Host of the Formation Flight Challenge server

 

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The formations are already on the kneeboard. I’m not going to add the save locations to the kneeboard. There are only three spots which you’ll have memorized in no time. Alt+B is your friend. Also, if you are flying a plane which can navigate to waypoints, WP0, 1 and 2 are your save airfields.

 

Odd. I flipped though the kneeboard in the JF-17 and didnt see the formations. I look again next time.

~Bailey

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