close formation

close formation

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A flight formation in which the airplanes fly at a minimum distance from one another. The normal distance in close formation is one wingspan laterally and one length when formatting in the astern position. In the case of helicopters, the usual separation is one rotor width, but this distance can be closer.
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The near miss happened near Colin's base at Lossiemouth as he practised flying in close formation.
We were barely out of port when we were looking skyward for a spectacular aerial display by the Blades aerobatic team in their high-performance aircraft diving towards the deck in close formation before breaking away in trails of smoke.
8 mach looking at a face full of jet screaming at me from slightly more than close formation.
The flight went as planned, with both jets taking off in section and remaining in close formation.
The aircraft fly in close formation above the base before landing in single file.
It works like many aircraft flying in close formation, but they do happen to be structurally interconnected,'' Morgan said.
This automated formation flying avionics equipment is used by multiple aircraft flying in close formation to ensure aircraft remain at safe distances from one another under non-visual flight conditions.
30am the group exited three aircraft flying in close formation at 13,700ft and linked-up mid-air.
The pair of GRACE satellites orbiting in close formation detect changes in the Earth's mass directly below them by measuring changes in the distance between the two satellites as the gravitational force of the mass causes each to speed up or slow down.
The team, formed in 200, comprises two Lynx helicopter crews which have a new display for 2007 featuring high speed crosses, close formation work and opposing manoeuvres.
This involved groups of merchant ships sailing in close formation under the protection of one or more escort warships.
While airborne, the Fused Reality system allows pilots to perform difficult and risky flight maneuvers such as aerial refueling with a refueling tanker, close formation flying, precision offset landing, and more.