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Team Viper to take part in aerobatics show

posted on 02/01/2011: 1761 views

Team Viper, the world's only Hawker Hunter fighter jet display squadron, has joined the list of international aerobatics and display teams that will be heading to the Al Ain Aerobatics Show in February, the organisers said.

The aerobatics show will be held from February 2 to 5 at Al Ain International Airport, and some 130,000 visitors are expected to watch the world's top pilots manoeuvring their agile aircraft in the skies. It will be ninth edition of this annual event in the Oasis city.

Team Viper consists of four former members of the UK's Royal Air Force. Their dazzling squadron formation will be one of the big draws, said an official of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) — the organisers of the show. Each Hunter aircraft, named after the Rolls Royce Viper engines that power the jets, weighs over nine tonnes, produces over 10,000 lbs of thrust and is capable of speeds approaching 1,000 kilometres per hour.

Faisal Al Shaikh, Events Manager of the ADTA, said Team Viper thrilled the crowds last year with its amazing, gravity-defying display, and it will once again appear at this world-class spectacle in February.

"The Al Ain Aerobatic Show is acknowledged as one of the world's leading aerobatics shows, and in 2011 we will be making it bigger and better than ever before, both on the ground and in the sky," he added.

Chris Heames, the Viper's captain, said: "We're putting together something special that will really give spectators something to remember." – Gulf News


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