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captainbong1970
01-21-2007, 05:45 AM
I finally made it to oberleutnant in an offline bf110 campaign, I was leading my squad and got hit by flak and had an engine smoking.

I wanted to return to base but tell everyone else to go to the target. I was telling them to break or go to next waypoint but they insisted on escorting me into my one engine landing. One managed to fly straight into the tower. Then they flew of to the target to get shot down by AA.

Is there a command to tell my AI buddies to go to the target? Or should I just accept thier stupidity and just hope they stay away from me?

Scharnhorst1943
01-21-2007, 11:14 AM
You can tell the second flight what to do. You can also tell them all to return to base, but I think if you are flight leader, your flight of 4 will follow you even unto your death ...

SeaFireLIV
01-21-2007, 11:34 AM
Yes, you can just let your 2nd flight carry on to the target, but it`s much more difficult with the first. I tried hitiing `next waypoint` several times (as many as needed to get to the target, but they`ll still follow you if you stay in manual control. You could try going auto and if you`re lucky your plane`s damage might be enough to make it RTB while the others carry on to the target.

rnzoli
01-21-2007, 12:19 PM
i think a lots of AI deaths can be blamed on the human flight leader, forgetting to tell the AI planes that he wants his flight to RTB. As a results, the AI wingmen just hang to your wingtip or tail while you land (thinking that you must be doing some fly-by above the airfield), but while you touch down and come below stall speed rolling on the runway, they stall out and crash.

I think the appropriate command is "Navigation -> Return To Base". This will put them into a landing pattern when arriving back to base.

lowfighter
01-21-2007, 11:37 PM
Some days ago it happened something unexpected when commanding my flight to return to base. We were flying pretty much off the waypoints, I was just exploring the Manchuria map. So I issued the "return to base" and they aknowledged and as I was looking back I saw they have left. But after a while I looked back again and to my surprise there was still one following me, a bit higher to my right, and further behind, as if he was covering me. The other 2 were gone. I still went with my sightseeing, checking from time to time if he was still there. Then after about 5 minutes I asked again the flight to return to base and this time he really quit. Never happened to me before although I used the command very often.