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2010 The Doublestar Group

Warbird Alley's
Oshkosh AirVenture
2010 Photos

Part 7 (Final Page)

The Hoppers are a civilian formation demonstration team, flying the Aero L-39 Albatros jet. The editor has been proud to be associated with the team for many years. This year's Oshkosh Photo Feature concludes with an inside look at one of the team's practice missions. Enjoy!

Each member of the demo team makes large investments in time, effort, and jet fuel to maintain a high level of proficiency. The Hoppers perform at up to 10 airshows per year.
Photo by Buck Wyndham

The green landscape around Oshkosh, Wisconsin makes for a beautiful backdrop for a formation mission. This particular flight was a six-ship, dissimilar formation with an A-4 Skyhawk (not shown).
Photo by Buck Wyndham

The "slot" pilot in a six-ship formation (under the wing at left) has a unique
front-row view of the other five airplanes.
Photo by Buck Wyndham

After two of the aircraft split off to complete their own airwork, the 4-ship core of the team practices part of their show. Here, the slot pilot completes a rejoin to his normal position just aft of lead's airplane.
Photo by Buck Wyndham

Smoke on. The four-ship diamond formation streaks over Oshkosh's Runway 36.
Photo by Buck Wyndham

The Hoppers return to the warbird ramp after a successful (and fun!) formation mission.
Photo by Buck Wyndham


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