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Section High Alpha

..that’s a pretty cool name for this maneuver..

Blue Angels aircraft perform the “Section High Alpha”, the slowest maneuver of their show. During the maneuver the two jets slow down to 125 knots (232 km/h) as they pitch the nose of the F/A-18 up to 45 degrees.’s a close-up to see how the pilots are looking at each other eye-to-eye while doing this maneuver..

Section High Alpha

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You have a some fine air show images. I especially these today with the unbelievable angle of attack they are able to maintain. I suspect a pilot must have to be very experienced to do this.

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