Eddie (RV-7), Mal (RV-6A), Glenn (RV-7) and myself (RV-6) did a formation flying course in Sydney last November. It's a flight activity endorsement on a pilot license in Australia, all very formal and well organized, modulo the usual regulatory bureaucracy.
We've been out on weekends practicing, and wanted to get one of our instructors back to hone our skills, set us some new challenges, and generally step things up a notch.
So we brought Jeremy Miller from Mildura and Michael Jorgensen from Brisbane across to Temora in central NSW, and spent three days on it last weekend.
Belly turns. Formation wing-overs. Line-abreast turns. Combat formation. Planning and executing manoeuvres in larger formations. The whole nine yards.
We'd started doing some of that ourselves already, but Jeremy and Mike's experience added to our discipline and safety culture.
If you're in the US and you have a flying RV, get yourself to a FAST clinic, get your ticket, and practice, practice, practice.
And if you've never done combat formation, get someone who has to show you the ropes. Best fun you can have in the cockpit, I reckon. I think I might have scored a guns kill on Eddie.
Up, forward, in!