Zaphod, I've been meaning recently to tell you how much I have enjoyed all your contributions here all these years. As an earthbound aviation
enthusiast (by choice and acknowledgement--even if I were born a bird I still would never be able to get the hang of flying ), I have
appreciated you being an ATS member.
Speaking of birds, I watched a raven in some insane winds the other day pull of some amazing maneuvers. He was hovering, folded his wings, dove
straight down towards the ground spinning, flipped his wings back out, and went into a hover again back up where he started.
"Tail End Charlie" has the hardest job in the formation. The lead obviously sets the formation and course, etc. The farther out in the line you
go, the more control input is required to keep formation. So number 2 (using an echelon formation), moves their controls less than an inch for each
input, number three about half an inch, all the way out to the end, who depending on the number of planes is almost throwing the stick back and forth
to stay in formation (obviously a slight exaggeration but you get the point).
That's a pretty airplane. I always love seeing the display teams, and special paintjobs of other countries. As much as I love watching the Blue
Angels and Thunderbirds fly, I've always thought they were conservative compared to other teams that fly like 10-12 aircraft, and the paint jobs they
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