Originally Posted By: corsaire31
At least alone I can decide for myself, and first decision is to skip the bl**dy climb over Dunkerque !

You can always skip the 'circling climb' phase of the flight by using the next-waypoint command (shift+w). It works even when you are not the flight-leader.

You have to wait until the takeoff sequence is complete; the command will be ignored prior to that. But when the flight reaches the climb-out location and you will see the leader enter the 'big climbing circle' part of the flight then you can hit shift+w and he will immediately head for the next waypoint.

It works well, and I use this quite a lot. I find that getting to the first waypoint sooner often increases the chances of a successful hook-up with escorts.