Gang (aviation)

a gang is a flight formation of two combat aircraft. The foreman flies thereby at the point and by its laterally transferred behind him flying gang flier is covered. It determines the course as well as the place and the time of the attack.

The gang is the smallest tactical basic element in the aerial combat. Two gangs can form a swarm, in which they support each other in similar way as within a gang the two gang fliers.

The concept of gang and swarm was invented by the German hunt pilots during the Spanish civil war, taken over in the course of the Second World War it by all air forces and is also today world-wide standard tactics.

An alarm gang is an on-call service of the flighter pilots.


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