The “Swifts” and “Russian Knights” aerobatic teams are preparing for the Victory Day parade on May 9.
Check out the video below and be a part of the air rehearsal with the legendary pilots.
Two panoramic cameras placed on warplanes captured the maneuver in fantastic detail.
The ‘Big Nine’ is a signature move performed jointly by Russia’s two aerobatics teams. The Swifts pilot five Mig-29s in a diamond shape while the Russian Knights put four of their Su aircraft in a smaller square formation between them. The warplanes fly with mere meters between them, which requires precision and unwavering focus from the pilots.
This unique 360-degree video was taken by RT as the two teams were training for the flyby they will perform over Moscow’s Red Square for the V-day parade.
This year, the Knights will be piloting new Su-30s rather than their usual Su-27s as they soar over Russia’s capital. One camera was placed in the cockpit of the new warplane, while another was installed on the tail fin of a Mig-29.