Posted @withrepost • @cessnateur This air-to-air footage of a Ukranian Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker is incredible to begin with, but when you turn up the volume, it becomes even better.
It's only then that you're able to hear the constant thrust changes commanded by the Flanker pilot to maintain close formation with the Skyvan photo ship.
This really illustrates the constant skill and vigilance required to fly close formation, regardless of aircraft types.
And in this case, the aircraft types couldn't be more different. The Skyvan is most likely flying as close to its maximum cruise speed of around 175 knots as possible, while the Mach 2.35 Flanker almost certainly feels incredibly sloppy and mushy at such a low speed.
The Flanker pilot joins up, hangs out in formation for a bit, and then tears off, lighting the afterburners to the delight of the Skyvan's passengers.
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