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The Brazilian Air Force’s Smoke Squadron Resumes Enthralling Crowds

first_img“From children to senior citizens, everyone wants to come up to us, talk to us, take pictures, and show their admiration for the Brazilian Air Force,” Lt. Col. Gobett said. “It’s very rewarding for the whole team. And many are so filled with admiration that soon they become interested in pursuing a military career. This is the best opportunity we have to deliver our institutional material and interact with the public. We also see that we are clearly fulfilling one of our main responsibilities, which is to stimulate and develop an aeronautical vocation and mentality.” “They deliver the Smoke Squadron’s institutional material, give autographs, and take pictures with fans,” the Air Show Squadron Public Relations Office added. The Smoke Squadron’s hiatus began in March 2013 after it received a fleet of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, replacing the Tucano T-27 it had used for 30 years. That change demanded significant training for the unit, which had to adapt to modern aircraft that is twice as powerful, flies faster and higher, and has a much greater flight range than the squad’s older airplanes. The pilots who promote the FAB’s image have undergone intensive training, as stunt pilots are FAB aviation officers with 1,500 hours of flight time, including 800 as an instructor at the AFA or the Joker Squadron (Second Squadron of the Fifth Aviation Group – 2º/5º GAV – bomber pilot trainer). They’re chosen by the Air Show Squadron’s Operational Council, which selects the most qualified candidates whose profiles are most compatible with the Smoke Squadron’s mission. After a 27-month hiatus from public presentations, the FAB’s Air Show Squadron – popularly known as the Smoke Squadron – resumed its touring schedule in July. Manufactured by Brazilian aerospace company Embraer, the Super Tucano is a turboprop light attack aircraft designed for air defense missions, escort, combat air patrol, and for training top fighter pilots. The aircraft has been modified for the air shows, for example through the installation of smoke oil tanks on the wings where the ammunition cartridges would normally be located. Even the oil has been improved to produce environmentally friendly smoke that neither harms the ozone layer nor contributes to global warming. The new oil also produces denser smoke that remains in the air for a longer period of time, enabling letters and symbols to be seen from a height of approximately 10,000 feet, or roughly 3,000 meters. Additionally, the FAB also modernized the appearance of the Squadron’s planes; the colors of the Brazilian flag – green, yellow, blue, and white – are still featured, but in stronger, flashier tones to accentuate the viewing of the planes’ maneuvers. Another innovation is the design of the Brazilian flag on the plane’s tail: When the rudder moves, it appears that the flag is fluttering in the wind. The Air Show Squadron has been promoting the FAB and entertaining spectators since 1952, when it officially performed for the first time. Since its inception, the unit has carried out 3,700 air shows in Brazil and 21 other countries; it is the world’s second-oldest Air Show Squadron, second only to the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, which was founded in 1946. When they land, the pilots are treated like celebrities by the audience. Smoke Squadron receives more powerful aircraft Promoting the FAB’s image Their performance schedule, meanwhile, is set by the Air Force Public Relations Center (CECOMSAER) establishes the show schedule, which takes requests for shows at least four months in advance. Seven pilots in seven numbered planes carry out the 35-minute show, with the squadron’s leader, Lt. Col. Gobett, in plane No. 1, guiding the actions of the entire team and calling out when the maneuvers will be executed. Each flight position – Right Wing (2), Left Wing (3), Bolt (4), Outer Left Wing (5) and Outer Right Wing (6) – plays a specific role. The maneuvers can be carried out by each of the seven planes, or by four, three, or even one plane, known as the Isolated (7) plane. An eighth pilot remains on the ground and serves as the announcer for the show, which features about 50 stunts, and a support plane can used to transport equipment and material. center_img Skilled pilots The pilots of the Smoke Squadron – known as the Fumaceiros – are aviation aces whose stunts excite and thrill audiences of all ages; the planes fly upside down, do somersaults and pirouettes, and dive and roll in the sky. All the stunts are very well received by the audience, but the crowd favorites are the Lancevaque and Chumbóide, where the Super Tucano rises vertically and suddenly begins to fall in a spiral, nose first. “The audience has the impression that the aircraft is out of control, but the pilot has full control over the aircraft and can return to normal flight at any time,” Lt. Col. Gobett explained. Though fans never have to pay to see the shows, the Smoke Squadron suggests that the public donate non-perishable food items instead, which are then distributed to charities. At the first event marking the return of Smoke Squadron, for instance, 2.5 tons of food were collected in Paraná. By Dialogo September 14, 2015 I like it. Very cool. Very cool! GOOD AFTERNOON. THE SMOKE SQUADRON (EDA), AN AIR SHOW SQUADRON, HAS CONQUERED THE HEARTS OF BRAZILIANS AND THE WORLD. SUPER TUCANO JETS ARE THE ATTRACTION NOW. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ENTIRE EDA BRAZIL TEAM. HUNGER IN BRAZIL. THE EDA RUNS A FOOD CAMPAIGN FOR EVERY SHOW. This is very cool. Congratulations to all… No longer interested in the background of these artefacts, when they are mere remedies from weak sources. There is still a lot of fragility and confusion around these products. I only want to thank you for the report. I want to congratulate the entire Armed Forces of Brazil for their professional values. A beloved squadron of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, for its Portuguese acronym) is once again leaving trails of white smoke across the country’s blue skies. The Smoke Squadron’s primary mission is to promote the FAB’s institutional image, which it accomplishes through performances that are so popular and fascinating they influence many young people’s future. On July 11 and 12, during the 18th International Aviation Exhibition in Maringá, Paraná state, Brazil, the squadron’s two performances drew about 10,000 spectators – and then a crowd of more than 90,000 attended the team’s show during the Air Sunday event at the Air Force Academy (AFA), which is known as the “Eagles Nest,” in Pirassununga, in São Paulo state. After joining the team, pilots begin training to fly in their specific positions, engaging in about 80, one-hour missions over the course of two to three months; they also continue to conduct regular training after their debut. Typically, the Smoke Squadron is made up by 13 Aviation officers, an aviation specialist, a doctor, three public relations officers, and a team of administrative and aircraft maintenance experts – affectionately known as the “Guardian Angels”. Additional Soldiers complete the team, assisting with their daily routine. “People’s admiration is clear after the air shows,” Lt. Col. Marcelo Gobett Cardoso, commander of the Air Show Squadron, said. “As soon as we leave the aircraft, we can feel the affection of the audience as they await us with smiles and applause.” “They analyze a variety of factors, including the domestic/international importance of the event, the infrastructure on site and the estimated audience during the show, among other requirements,” the Air Show Squadron Public Relations Office stated, referring to CECOMSAER.last_img read more

Other Sports Pro Kabaddi League: Dabang Delhi beat Bengaluru Bulls 33-31

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Hosts Dabang Delhi on Saturday notched up a thrilling 33-31 win over defending champions Bengaluru Bulls in the first match of the Delhi leg of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex here.Naveen Kumar was the star for the Delhi side who trailed for most parts of the match but inflicted a crucial All-Out in the final minutes on the Bulls to walk away with all the points.Bengaluru Bulls started the match on the front foot, racing to a 5-0 lead, with Pawan Sehrawat flying high. The Bulls piled on the pressure, backed by their defence, to inflict the first All-Out of the match on Dabang Delhi in the 11th minute and open a gap of six points.The defending champions continued to dominate with their defence, manned by Mahender Singh and Saurabh Nandal, thwarting all the raiders who came in their territory. The first half ended 19-11 in favour of the Bengaluru Bulls.The league’s top raider, Pawan Sehrawat started the second half with the same intensity, rushing to his Super 10 (10 raid points) within six minutes of resumption as the Bulls maintained their pressure on Delhi.The home team brought in Meraj Sheykh to add an extra dimension to their raids and the Iranian picked up bonus points to keep Debang Delhi in the game as the match edged closer to the final whistle.Three points by Naveen Kumar in two successive raids with five minutes remaining in the match helped him reach a Super 10 and make it a one-point game.The aggressive strategy saw Delhi force an All-Out on Bulls with 3 minutes remaining to take the lead.But Pawan Sehwarat’s two-point raid tied the match once again with just a minute remaining.Delhi then pulled off an important tackle in the final minute to win the first match of their home leg.Bengaluru will only have themselves to blame for allowing Delhi to clinch so many bonus points and finishing off the game when they were on top.The result saw Delhi move to second spot in the table.last_img read more

Schedule of Wellington Invitational Cross Country Meet this Saturday

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Wellington Invitational Cross Country Meet will be held this Saturday, Sept. 13 at Hargis Creek.The time schedule is as follows:8 a.m. – Sixth grade race girls.8:05 a.m. – Sixth grade race boys.8:20 a.m. – Starting time for first race of middle school races: Seventh grade race – GirlsSeventh grade race – BoysEighth grade race – GirlsEighth grade race -  Boys.9:30 a.m. – Starting time for High School racesFreshman & Novice race – boys only – 2 milesVarsity Race – Girls – 4000 MetersVarsity Race – Boys – 5000 MetersB-team – Boys – 5000 MetersB-Team – Girls – 2 milesFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

No substance! Everton dismiss rumours linking defender with China move

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez has dismissed speculation linking Phil Jagielka with a move to China.Super League clubs are spending huge sums luring players to the Far East.Jackson Martinez, Ramires and Alex Teixeira are among a host of high-profile names to have already been tempted by the riches on offer in China.Jagielka is now being tipped to follow them, with agents representing the Chinese league reportedly sounding out the England international about a possible move.But Martinez told reporters on Thursday there is no chance of the 33-year-old, who has two years left on his contract, leaving Goodison Park anytime soon.“We’re not in a situation to lose players,” said the Toffees boss. “Jagielka is our club captain and has been great in the last two games. I can tell you there is no substance whatsoever in that rumour.” 1 Phil Jagielka last_img read more