The Blades Aerobatic Display Team

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This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
The blades have a team of 14 people, including 5 pilots, ground crew and support team. They fly the Extra EA 300s, which was purpose-built for aerobatics.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
The Blades are one of only two aerobatics display teams who can begin their show by flying over the crowd, the other being the Red Arrows.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
Each of the Blades pilots have an extensive history of flying hours, and are all former Red Arrows Pilots.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
Of the five pilots, four are men along with the only woman to have been a Red Arrows pilot.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
The Extra EA 300s is purpose built for aerobatics, and can pull 12G on some of the maneuvers, two and a half times more than a Formula One racing car.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
This is one of the two “breaks” that the team do. I’ve caught this one particularly nicely.
This is a photo of the Blades Aerobatics Display Team at Farnbough International Airshow 2018
The Extra EA 300s is a two-seater aircraft, and it is possible to pay for a flight as a passenger. Go on, I dare you. Tell me what it’s loke.

6 Replies to “The Blades Aerobatic Display Team”

      1. I didn’t think I was going to like it but it was very exciting. I was told to compress my lower abdomen muscles when he said so to stop the blood going to my feet as I might pass out ( the pilot was retired RAF), I don’t know if this was a bit of showmanship or not but I didn’t pass out!

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