They appear as a small tiny dot on the horizon, and then slowly they make their appearance like a ballet dancer doing her À la seconde. Then you get to hear the sound, the sound, music to most of our ears, then like wind they go past you, mesmerizing the crowd and making them owe stuck.
Welcome to the word of aviation aerobatics. Ever since the invention of flying machines we have been trying to push the boundaries aviation technology to make them fly higher, fly faster. Then there is precision flying that is what aerobatic teams do.
This is where these beautiful flying machines and the men who fly them pushes the boundaries of aviation to create something artistic and spectacular.
Attached are the formation flight pictures I have taken of Breitling Jet Team during their display in Al Ain Air Show 2011. They are the only civilian jet aerobatic team in the world. Based in Dijon France. They use L-39 C Albatros aircraft, Czech-made twin-seater military training jets.
Their typical display lasting 18–20 minutes and includes close formation flying, opposition passes, solo routines and synchronized manoeuvres. The team was established in 2003. They started with 4 aircrafts and now they have 9. Please visit their site to get more information: http://www.breitling-jet-team.com/
The Al Ain Aerobatic Show is one of the largest and one of the prestigious events of its type. Held in the UAE’s cultural capital of Al Ain in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and held under the patronage of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the event attracts a glittering array of the world’s foremost aerobatics specialists, teams and performers. It is now an established and well patronised showcase and a key part of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority’s (ADTA) diverse event-tourism portfolio.