This SFF.SE question: " Why did Red Squadron give their call signs in random order? " raises a good point: for some reason, the "Standing by" responses Red Squadron pilots give before attacking the Death Star in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope are out of order:
Red Leader: All wings report in.
Red Ten: Red Ten standing by.
Red Seven: Red Seven standing by.
Biggs Darklighter: Red Three standing by.
Porkins: Red Six standing by.
Red Nine: Red Nine standing by.
Wedge Antilles: Red Two standing by.
Red Eleven: Red Eleven standing by.
Luke Skywalker: Red Five standing by.
Red Leader: Lock S-foils in attack position.
(to top off the mis-ordering, Red Eight and Red Four never respond).
This was of course answered in-Star-Wars-Universe, but I'd like a perspective of real aviation experts on this:
Is this protocol (all fighters in a group should report in by their call signs) based on something real fighter pilots would do (either WWII era pilots - since Star Wars fighter combat was famously based by Lucas on WWII - or 1970s era).
What is the main purpose of such a protocol? Communications check? Verifying who's flying? Verifying if someone has an issue? Team morale?
In light of #2, does the real life protocol have a specific order of responses, or is it as "whoever responds whenever" as in the Star Wars example?