A group of four civilian pilots is currently thrilling crowds in England with displays of precision and aerobatic flying.
CU Sign advertising aerobatic team
CU Propeller turning
SV Four aircraft lined up
LV Aircraft taxiing
LV PAN First aircraft takes off
LV Two aircraft taking off, making smoke
AIR TO AIR Four aircraft over in formation (3 shots)
AIR TO AIR One aircraft flies upside down, while others remain in formation
AIR TO AIR Aircraft over in formation and looping (2 shots)
AIR TO AIR Pilot waving
LV PAN Aircraft lands
SV Aircraft taxiing
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Background: A group of four civilian pilots is currently thrilling crowds in England with displays of precision and aerobatic flying. The men got together in 1970, more or less to kill time. Then as they got better, and with financial help form the cigarette firm Rothmans, they decided to expand their flying horizons and began putting on shows throughout the country.
They fly Pitts Specials -- bi-planes, which look as if they would be more at home in World War One than over the English countryside in 1974. The aircraft, however, are recognised as the world's greatest aerobetic machines by team leader Manx Kelly who flew Meteors and Hunters for the Royal Air Force. The way the pilots throw their aircraft around the sky his boast would seem far form idle. The pilots operate form Booker Airfield in Buckinghamshrie. They'll reach the peak of their success when they take part in the International Air Show at Biggin Hill next month.