While performing their formation flight with the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds this past week near Pensacola Beach, Florida, two Blue Angel F-18 Hornets clipped each other because of an unexpected wake turbulence.
“Two of the jets in the Blue Angel Delta formation encountered unexpected wake turbulence, causing a very brief and minor contact between the aircraft,” Blue Angels spokesman Lt. Joe Hontz told to Navy Times.
“It is a testament to the training of the pilots that this incident remained very benign,” Hontz said. “The Blue Angels train in an environment where they fly extremely close — inches away from one another — and are fully prepared to respond and recover should minor contact occur.”
This week-end Blue Angels will perform at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort Airshow.
Photo credit: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andrea Perez / U.S. Navy
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