Centenary break. It may not look complicated but this was a tricky shot to choreograph. You can't get rotary wing types anywhere near as close to each other as fixed wing, for obvious reasons! The implications of getting it wrong are significantly worse. Helicopter crews get nosebleeds above 100ft but I elected to do this at height, firstly for the clearer air and secondly so more focus could be given to the flying than the terrain!
The brief is crucial so that everyone understands the non-standard positions required but then it's an airborne judgement call to get everyone into what you feel is the fine-tuned spot. Then you've got to call the break before much movement occurs away from there as it's far harder to see relative movement between you and your 'playmates' when you're at wider spacings.
Three excellent crews who absolutely nailed it. This was the only time these three aircraft from 28, 27 and 18 Squadron ever flew in formation together so it mattered to get it right. The deconfliction planning to give lead adequate separation to pass behind the tail rotor of our Lynx was uppermost in my mind... @royalairforceuk @rafodiham @rafbensonofficial @boeing #100years #centenarychinooks #bladeslap