From the early days of Naval Aviation, formation flying has been instrumental in the tactical
movement of aircraft. Whether you are a wingman on a cross-country flight or lead on a multi-plane
combat strike against a terrorist stronghold, flying good formation is critical to the success of the
mission. Because flying formation is a team effort, the success of the flight depends upon individual
efforts coordinated with other flight members.
The fundamentals of section and division formation that you will learn will apply throughout your
Naval career. These building blocks are the base for many future operational skills. Your
professional reputation will reflect how well you fly formation.
This flight training instruction (FTI) provides information and procedures on: 1) maneuvering as a
member of a section or division during the day, and 2) maneuvering as a member of a section at