staggered formation

staggered formation

An aircraft formation in which elements are at different levels and are not abreast of each other. One of the elements may be higher than the other and slightly behind or in front of it but to one side.
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The four trains will together move south, towards York station, in a staggered formation at around 20 to 25mph.
The bikes were in a loose, staggered formation in the left lane and I was the third bike, hugging the left side of the lane with the first bike in front of me.
For example, if the captain raised his hand with the index finger pointing upwards, it meant that riders were to ride in a single row, two fingers up meant riding in a two by two staggered formation. Riders in the front generally kept an eye on potential dangers such as road bumps or approaching traffic and immediately conveyed that to the riders following.
Austrian Airlines Austrian Airlines has begun a refit of its entire long-haul fleet, including the installation of fully-flat business class seats in a staggered formation, similar to those seen on Swiss and Finnair.
While some firefighters in a staggered formation carefully set grasses and brush aflame, others stood watch along the dark road keeping an eye out for errant embers.
"They were moving in staggered formation over Wolf Hill near the Black Mountain.
We were riding in a loose, staggered formation when my back tire suddenly and without warning blew out.
First, a briefing, followed by the mandatory weapons checking, then the steel gate opens and off they go, sauntering down the street in staggered formation like gunfighters out of a Hollywood western.
The principle behind the staggered formation is to cover the receiving court with a balanced formation that can neutralize the most difficult receive areas.
Comprising three identical strips of curved steel sheet arranged in staggered formation, the hybrid structure is cantilevered off one of the main walls of the entrance block, where it is anchored by a row of cables to a reinforced edge beam at first-storey level.
When traveling with other motorcyclists, it is best to ride in a staggered formation, using both sides of the lane.