Saudi Hawks @ Al Ain Aerobatic Show

The Royal Saudi Air Force Aerobatic Team – the Saudi Hawks – will perform a new, tight-formation flying routine  when they take to the skies later this month over Abu Dhabi’s ‘Oasis City’ of Al Ain.

A headline display of the seventh and largest Al Ain Aerobatic Show, which runs at Al Ain International Airport from January 27th – 30th January the Saudi Hawks will feature 24  impressive and unique patterns into their performance over Abu Dhabi’s second largest city using BAE Hawker 65 trainer jets.

The new-look routine though will retain the colourful drill which represents the Hawks’ Kingdom homeland’s national emblem – a palm tree and two swords. It is the only team in the world that draws its national emblem in such a manner.

The Saudi Hawks’ new approach is part of a reinvigorated Al Ain Aerobatic Show – the seventh and largest in the annual series with a record 22 international teams taking part.

“The Saudi Hawks new routine adds to a hugely diverse programme in which 70 percent of the aircraft taking part this year are new to the show, many of the teams are newcomers and performers are planning to demonstrate new manoeuvres and also record-breaking aerobatic attempts. The line up and programme is truly of world-class standard,” said Faisal Al Sheikh, Head-Major Events Division, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which presents the Al Ain Aerobatic Show.

The Al Ain event is the world’s only aerobatic spectacle that combines military and civil aircraft, stunt displays and competitions. Set against the backdrop of one of the world’s oldest desert oasis settlements, the show is held under the patronage of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The Saudi Hawks operate from King Faisal Air Base, Tabuk, in the north west of Saudi Arabia, close to the Jordanian border. All Saudi Hawks display pilots have flown as part of the front-line squadrons of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and must have attained a minimum of 800 hours in a jet. The team’s support staff is drawn from a wide variety of RSAF backgrounds and plays a crucial role in keeping the Saudi Hawks flying.

The 2010 Al Ain Aerobatic Show features some of the world’s top pilots from Bahrain, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, the UK and the USA.

Don’t forget you can watch the Al Ain Aerobatic Show LIVE on the internet on Airsports.tv (Click on the link to go straight to the live broadcasting page).

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ParaHawking

Have you ever been wondering how’s like to be a bird,to fly all over the places without borders and fear less? The following thing might surprise you but such experience exists for people!!! And it requires a hawk and some paragliding! The air sports’s name is Parahawking and this because it involves flying with hawks!!! Falconer Scott,one of the sport practitioners:

,,it’s the closest you can get to actually interacting with a bird of prey in it’s own environment, to be able to see through their eyes and be a part of their world, all the while harnessing their natural ability to conserve energy. I suppose it’s like the aerial equivalent of swimming with dolphins!’

If we’ve made you curious about flying with birds, why don’t you book a parahawking flight here?  Or maybe interact with the sports professionals? Hawks had always been misterious birds and very,very interesting hunters. I think this sport makes you feel more closer to them and experience how it is to be like a hawk, how’s like to fly with a hawk on your hand and think you are a hunter like it? Quite amazing!

More details about this air sport here and great images here.

parahawk flying

SATURDAY 29th – Airshow displays during live broadcast

LIVE airshows start this weekend. Besides the incredible aerobatic flights and spectacular manouvers you will get the chance to see some exciting airshow displays. We’ll make it easier for you and let you know how the schedule for Saturday 29th will look like.

aerostars_1AEROSTARS – The Aerostars are the largest civilian team in the UK.Complex vertical aerobatics, opposition passes and figures will be flown by 3 and 2 aircraft formations. 

CURTIS P 40 – It was used by the air forces of 28 nations, including those of most Allied powers during World War II. Is an American single-engine, single-seat.p 40 aircraft

GUINOT TEAM – Dazzling over 6 million spectators each year the wingwalkers buzz airshows at low level, their beautiful biplanes carving loops through the sky while daring wingwalkers wave and perform handstands at 150mph!GUINOT

WW2 SET PIECE – WW2 fighters provided a set-piece in the form of an aerobatic tailchase routing from the locally-based Hispano Buchon, Hawker Hurricane and Pearl Harbor veteran P-40B Tomahawk.FIGHT WW2

RED DEVILS – The Parachute Regiment,element of the British Army. It is an elite unit by virtue of its stringent selection process, rigorous training programme and by the rred_devilsequirement of its role to operate with minimal or no support behind enemy lines and against numerically superior forces.

 

 

HAWK – The Hawk’s Rolls Royce Adour engine produces 5,200lbs of thrust and can power the aircraft to a top speed of Mach 1.2. The aircraft has a maximum altitude of 48,000 ft and fuel capacity gives a range of 1,000 nm, making most of the world accessible apart from New Zealand.JSJ_PC_British_Aerospace_Hawk

SWIFT TEAMTeam pilots have a wealth of experience from both air displays and competitions and our displays have been seen in the UK, Europe and Middle East. Swift team pilots have taken top honours in national aerobatic competitions and have also competed at European and World levels. SWIFT

VULCAN is a bomber that could carry a bomb weighing 4,536kg (10,000lb) to a target that was 2,780km (1,725mi) away.800px-avro_vulcan_bomber_raf

THE BLADES – With four Extra 300 stunt planes flown by former Red Arrows pilots, The Blades bring you the ultimate in aerobatic excitement. The Blades had performed at one of the most excitement events in the world.Blades-planes
 
 

 

 

 
 
For more information about the Saturday schedule (and the hours when all this displays will appear on the sky) click here http://www.airsports.tv/liveschedule.asp