Aerial acrobatics

How to impress the crowd at an air show. [26 photos total]

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U.S. Air Force pilots with the Thunderbirds perform the calypso pass maneuver in F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during a practice session prior to the Gunfighter Skies air show at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, September 19, 2014. (REUTERS/US Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez) #
Jurgis Kairys of Lithuania performs with a modified Russian Sukhoi Su-31 airplane during the Bucharest International Air Show at Baneasa airport, Romania, June 22, 2014. (REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel) #
A ring of water vapor is created as pilots Lt. Justin Halligan (L) and Lt. Michael Witt (R) fly their F/A-18F Super Hornet airplane within 200mph of breaking the sound barrier while performing at New York Air Show at Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York, May 23, 2009. (REUTERS/Christopher Pasatieri) #
Alpha jets of the Patrouille de France, the aerobatic team of the French Air Force, perform during the Malta International Airshow over Malta International Airport outside Valletta, September 25, 2010. (REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi) #
The PC-7 team from Switzerland performs an aerobatics during the Air Show in Sion, Switzerland, September 17, 2011. (REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud) #
The Black Eagles aerobatic team of South Korean Air Force perform with their T-50 aircraft during the Singapore Airshow in Singapore, February 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Tim Chong) #
A Serbian "Orao J-22" strike aircraft flies during the international air show in Belgrade, September 2, 2012. (REUTERS/Marko Djurica) #
Members of the Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knights aerobatic team perform during a show at a military airport in Bangkok, April 24, 2008. (REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom) #
The Royal Air Force aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, perform during a D-Day event in Portsmouth, southern England, June 5, 2014. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth) #
British Royal Air Force Red Arrows squadron performs aerobatics over Athens' Saronic Gulf, September 6, 2005 (REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis) #
Two Sukhoi Su-30 planes from the Venezuelan Air Force take part in a military parade to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Venezuela's independence in Caracas, April 19, 2010. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva) #
The Royal Air Force aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, perform during a D-Day event in Portsmouth, southern England, June 5, 2014. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth) #
The Red Arrows, the British Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, performs at the Malta International Airshow 2013 at Malta International Airport, outside Valletta, September 29, 2013. (REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi) #
Eurocopter EC120 Colibri helicopters from the Spanish Air Force's aerobatic team "Patrulla Aspa" fly over La Malagueta beach during a military operational exhibition, on the eve of the celebrations to mark the Spanish Armed Forces Day in Malaga, southern Spain, May 28, 2011. (REUTERS/Jon Nazca) #
The IAF Aerobatic Team flying IAI Tzukit jet aircraft create a "heart" during a ceremony for graduating Israeli Air Force pilots at Hatzerim Air Base, June 28, 2010. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner) #
Latvia's Baltic Bees aerobatic team performs on L-39C Albatross airplanes during Bucharest International Air Show at Baneasa, airport July 27, 2013. (REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel) #
Aerobatic aircrafts emit coloured smoke trails as they perform during an airshow at the Abu Dhabi Air Expo, February 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
MiG-29 jet fighters of the Strizhi (Swifts) and Sukhoi Su-27 jet fighters of the Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) aerobatic teams perform during a demonstration flight at the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, August 27, 2013. (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov) #
Veteran stuntwoman (wing walker) Jane Wicker and her pilot, Charlie Schwenker perform at Sun 'n Fun airshow in Lakeland, Florida, March 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Jon Ross Photography) #
Members of the Italian aerobatic team Frecce Tricolori perform during the AirPower 13 air show at the Hinterstoisser air base in Zeltweg, Austria, June 28, 2013. (REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler) #
A Russian-made Beriev Be-200ChS amphibious aircraft dumps some 12 tons of coloured water matching the Russian state flag during a demonstration flight at an air show dedicated to the Day of Aviation at the Yemelyanovo airport near Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 20, 2011. (REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin) #
Northrop F-5E Tiger II aircraft of the Swiss Air Force perform during the opening of the ILA Berlin Air Show in Selchow near Schoenefeld south of Berlin, May 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Thomas Peter) #
The Royal Air Force aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, perform during The Royal International Air Tattoo at the RAF in Fairford, July 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth) #
Breitling Wingwalker aircrafts perform during the Air14 airshow at the airport in Payerne, Switzerland, August 31, 2014. (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse) #
Switzerland's Air Force national flight team Patrouille Suisse performs during an exercise in their Northrop F-5E Tiger II aircrafts near the eastern Swiss town of Niederurnen, September 6, 2013. (REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann) #
Republic of Singapore Air Force's Black Knights perform a manoeuvre during an aerial display at the Singapore Airshow, February 13, 2014. (REUTERS/Edgar Su) #

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