|Piloting fast jet aircraft is a dangerous business, and each year the military loses aircraft during training accidents. But for these precision aero demonstration teams accidents are extremely rare.
These pilots are the best of the best when they are invited to join the team. Inevitably the pilots will feel the accident was their fault, and in this case these two pilots where the synchro pair - they are the ones who point their aircraft at each other and fly so close together that it looks like they are going to collide.
To qualify the pilots have some 10 years experience flying fighter aircraft, and they train intensively until all the maneuvers are second nature and instinctive. Normally to eject from a fast moving jet is not a pleasant experience because it is designed to save the pilot's life, not give him a pleasant ride down to terra firma. The British Defence Department will send an inspection team to determine the exact cause of this accident. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 There are two critical points in every aerial flight—its beginning and its end. — Alexander Graham Bell, 1906.