Since my Tiger Moth flight, I’ve been even more excited about aerobatics that I was before, which really is saying something.
It’s pretty neat knowing how it feels to be in the middle of a barrel roll, of course, but also it makes me feel a lot dizzier when watching the pros in action. So I’m glad that I’m able to share some new (and one new-to-me) aerobatics videos with you this week.
This first one of the Blue Angels is just amazing, because the we’re right there in the cockpit. However, I don’t recommend watching it on a full stomach if you suffer from air sickness!
And of course I can’t feature the Blue Angels without giving the Red Arrows equal time. This is part of a “dynamic simulation ride” which puts you in the backseat for a 3D experience at the London Science Museum. This video really shows off the synchronisation:
I have to admit, I flinched at the wake turbulence at the 4:19 sequence. Not the Red Arrow pilots, though! They just keep rolling.
This brand new Red Bull video was filmed as a promotion for GoPro but it sure does show off the camera at its best as Hannes Arch flies over the Austrian Alps:
Even footage from the ground can be dizzy making, and this video from a few years back shows some astounding footage of aerobatic pilot Sean Tucker putting a bi-plane through its paces. I can barely keep spatial awareness walking through a doorway, so I can’t imagine trying to keep myself safe while doing spins and rolls:
Most amazing is how that plane spins while flying straight up into the sky (at 1:49 in the video). I’m pretty sure that shouldn’t be possible.
I don’t think I’d ever dare do any of this but I sure do love watching other people push aviation to its limits. I’d love to see your favourite aerobatic videos in the comments!