A Flight, also known as an Air Lance or simply a Lance, is typically the smallest grouping of air assets in the Inner Sphere military structure. It consists of a pair of aerospace fighters or Conventional Fighters.[1] Originating with the Star League Defense Force, the flight is common to most armies and mercenary units.[2][3][4][5] Although not a formal part of their military structure, the Com Guards and Word of Blake Militia also pair their fighters together.[6]


For the Capellan Confederation, the equivalent unit is an Element and may consist of two or three fighters; known as a triple, the latter was adopted for its increased defensive abilities and serves as the command element for a wing. Formally, a Flight in the CCAF is composed of two Squadrons and averages twelve fighters total, making it equivalent to an aero-company.[7]

Within the Draconis Combine, a Flight is equivalent to a Squadron, composed of three Air Lances for a total of six fighters.[8]


  1. Total Warfare, p. 34 - Organization - Lance/Battalions/Platoons - Flight description.
  2. Field Manual: Mercenaries (Revised), p. 31
  3. Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 24
  4. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 25
  5. Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 19
  6. Field Manual: ComStar, p. 9
  7. Field Manual: Capellan Confederatoin, p. 33
  8. Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 15