yah saw them flying over head in surrey today.
Cr*p. Wish I knew, I would have tried to make it. Got some similar shots in previous years when they performed there.
I like the Snow Birds and admire their bravery and skill, but I wish they would move on from the venerable CL-114 Tutor and move on to a more exciting aircraft.
She looked like Olivia Newton John, if she were really ugly, and had huge balls.
IF we had the CF-18's to spare for this (which we don't) they would be faster but that would be about it.
Watch a Blue Angels show and then the Snowbirds. The Blue Angels don't have a hope in hell of keeping a 9 plane formation that tight.
Keep in mind that the purpose of the demonstration teams is usually to showcase the skills AND the aircraft being used in that branch of the armed forces. Maybe if we upgrade to the British Hawker we'll see them change then but I doubt it'll be anytime soon.
Don't kid yourself about how tight the Angels fly.....18" wing tip to tip clearances...it's mental, and fast. A very good buddy of mine flew with the Snowbirds for 3 years, Lead Solo #9, and had an opportunity to fly with the Angels down in Florida a few years ago...he said it was absolutely insane!
He even has a video of himself in the back seat during that airshow, from on-board cameras, and it's pretty crazy shit.
I used to think the Snowbirds flew tighter than anyone, but he said those Angels are crazy tight.
That said, I'd rather watch our Snowbirds any day of the week.
Formation is a blast. It gets easier the closer you get to the other aircraft, but only up to a point. Once you pass that point, it gets harder again as you get closer. Where that point is depends on the airplane, but it's pretty clear that the Angels fly on the hard side of close.
Mind you, I was a lot more impressed when they were doing it with F-4's.
Personally, i'd like the Snowbirds to switch to the Harvard II's. They'd be just as graceful.