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Pure beauty - A350 airliner formation flying video

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RooFlyer

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Other than being a bit disappointed that they didn't do a 'starburst', that was great ;) Barrel rolls were obviously regarded as passé, which is understandable.
 
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Now that would be impressive flying over the G on grand final day.
 

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Really awesome, and I note the 'similar videos' has a bit on a new design of toilets in the A320 that allow disabled use plus add an extra row to an aircraft... I wonder if this is the route QF is taking in their 737's with a similar idea.
 

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Excellent video, thanks!

Leads me to a question (from someone who knows essentially nothing about these things). In the Diamond formation 2 or 3 of them are flying directly in front of/behind each other. When a plane takes off at say MEL, there needs to be a certain gap before the following plane takes off due to wake turbulence created by the first plane (or so I understand, please correct me if I am wrong). So how come they can follow each other so closely when airborne - I know there will be a completely logical answer (has to be), just curious as to what it is. Cheers.
 

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I know there will be a completely logical answer (has to be), just curious as to what it is.
Part of the video shows the side profile of the 5 aircraft during the briefing. They just fly slightly lower than the preceding bird to avoid turbulence.
 

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In the diamond the rear aircraft is a ¨tad¨higher - I think :)
Part of the video shows the side profile of the 5 aircraft during the briefing. They just fly slightly lower than the preceding bird to avoid turbulence.
cheers - lower/higher, as long as not the same altitude I guess then. Wake turbulence must have a somewhat smaller profle than i had imagined.
 

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