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Watch seven jets landing in perfect formation

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They may not have the cool F-16s of the US Air Force's Thunderbirds or the ultra-cool Northrop F-5E Tiger II of the Patroullie Suisse, but the Spanish Air Force's Patrulla Águila (Eagle Patrol) can do some cool tricks too. Here they are landing in formation. (sploid.gizmodo.com) Altro...

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jkudlick
The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds COs are now watching this video trying to figure out how to safely land 6 Hornets and Falcons in formation. ;)
richsmit
The Blue Angels used to do it in the 70's when they flew F4's !!
snakeman95
Jake Hanna 0
Man I would love to have seen that! The F-4 is a monster!!
pilot62
who's the cow sandbagging?
akayemm
ho ho ha ha
nice observation
suejillings
Yea I agree, it does sound like a cow in the air! Wonderful filming!
skyhawkrg
skyhawkrg 2
Doesn't Canada have an exibition flying team?
roadkil99
Snowbirds
siriusloon
siriusloon 4
And they do nine-plane formation takeoffs and landings when they perform at an airport or air base with a wide enough runway.
A6SEA
That was absolutely beautiful. Watched it more than once.
pottszilla
Fred Potts 2
This team does not fly F-5E Tiger II jets as stated in the article. They fly Casa C-101 Aviojets. Nice precision landing for sure!
roadkil99
Fred, I think the article says the Tiger's are with the Patroullie Suisse, and does not actually say which jet the Spanish fly...so I thank you for that!!!!
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 2
"Spanish fly" lol. Oops-is that inappropriate?
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 1
"Spanish fly" lol. Oops-is that inappropriate?
pottszilla
Fred Potts 1
Thanks Rob. After a re-read I see that the Spanish flight team's aircraft are not mentioned!
akayemm
my view as a non flier, a clever style of avoiding/minimizing turbulence by first landing the trailing craft , and last by the leading craft in the front !
Gr8 precision however ! Commendable .
executivedriver
Czech Albatross L39s?
sueridge307
Not bad not bad at all
onceastudentpilot
no thank you
KDSM
Tim Swift 1
Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. So many countries with great teams.
Lerabougris
Indeed, great precision flying, but then again, not surprising from the Spaniards, who have perfected the lethal choreography of the corrida, mere centimeters away from the horns of 2-ton Andalusian Miura bulls... Flying like this or facing toros takes muy cojones... Incidentally, where could one find an exhaustive list of national aerobatics teams with names, type of aicraft flown, etc...? Also, non-military teams of renown would be a good addition. Thanks
Lerabougris
Shd've tought about it... http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aerobatic_teams
copper24
Amazing considering how unpredictable wind can be.
djjamar
Awesome skill and trust
frankg66
Worried a bit about the left wingman - Suspect those white puffs in his exhaust are from excess throttle movements, AND the tire smoke long after his touchdown speaks of excess braking???
frankg66
Watching the sequence a second time - correction needed: looks more like a defective smoke oil valve in the left wingman and same after landing, not from brakes. Same thing briefly for the 2nd bird in trail - just in front of the camera plane. Nice job by all!
annellandfrank
Google "squat switch" .......

LordLayton
I thought I heard some goats in the video. Was Nepal Airlines nearby sacrificing for an MRO issue?
Locket3
Tom Lull 2
Think there was a cow in the back seat.
gumby6
Dave H 1
No nit picking here, just a great video, the landing was awesome! Thanks for the memories!
bobinthelake
Thanks for the video. Was flying an F-4 into Plattsburgh AFB in the 80s for static display for an air show and was asked to hold VFR while the Snowbirds did their arrival show. Very impressive to watch their 9 ship formatting from the air, especially their 9 ship landing. Now I have an idea what it looks like from inside the formation. Did some crazy drinking with the Snowbird guys that night and asked them about contingencies for blown tires in a 9 ship landing. They said they changed tires every other show and if they did blow one, the SOP was to take it into the grass (not sure what the guy in the middle was supposed to do). Thanks again for sharing. BobintheLake
annellandfrank
Spot on Robert. The F-4 was a piece a cake. Stack level to just a bit high all the way to TD; no big deal on either wg! NOW! In the middle of a "gaggle" like those guys?? No clue!! :)
bufordness
Good pictures.
tvieno
What was that cow noise?
G0MRB
MR B 0
Maybe it was a cow?
Locket3
Tom Lull 1
Good job - Enjoyed it - Question: Where did they keep the cow???
G0MRB
MR B -2
Nice simulation.
akayemm
Simulation! Really?
G0MRB
MR B 1
... Of a cow. ;-p

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