I've heard these guys have been great at RIAT 2018 this weekend. I'm so proud and honoured to have had the opportunity to fly with them and also write the official book for the 50th anniversary of the Frecce Tricolori back in 2010.
BTW, did you know that the Frecce Tricolori can claim a certain number of records that have never been matched by any other aerobatic team in the world?
First of all the Italian team is the only one to fly with 10 aircraft. Then, the whole display is executed in sight of the public: separations, transformations and rejoins are always performed in front of the spectators, a circumstance which requires absolute preciseness in all phases of the display. Another record is the fact that they separate into two formations (one flight of 5 and another of 4 aircraft) which then fly an opposition pass and subsequently rejoin in less than two minutes. One more peculiarity of the PAN is the Downward Bomb Burst, in which the aircraft, starting from a high altitude and in formation, dive towards the ground and then separate into 9 individual elements which depart in different directions, finally returning for an opposition pass, at three different levels, over the same point. This is a very spectacular and complex manoeuvre, which no one else is capable of reproducing, especially due to the difficulty in opposition passing and rejoining in the very short time frames required for a display.
The other record of the Frecce Tricolori is tied to the Solo’s Lomçovak a maneuver tipically executed by propeller aircraft: a “standing roll” followed by a vertical spin, reverse and subsequent aircraft pitch down. I've experienced it during a flight in the MB.339 of the Frecce and it's really crazy! #theaviationist You are free to repost but add credit to @davidcenciotti
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