How close is too close when flying at approximately 700 mph? You may be mesmerized at an airshow, watching aerobatic flight demonstration teams from the ground, or see them in a picture like the one above. But neither of these examples allow you to see how close these pilots actually are to each other when performing at an airshow.
This video below, shot by the Blue Angel pilot flying the slot position in their Diamond Formation, shows that their level of comfort is very different from the rest of us. As you will see, there is very little room for error as steady hands keep each aircraft banking perfectly with the lead plane. The wing rails seem only inches apart from each other and just above the canopy of the slot pilot. If you want to see what excellence looks like, enjoy this ride with the Blue Angels while they perform their terrifyingly tight Diamond Formation.
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