Breathtaking moment Air Force Thunderbird must take evasive action amid fears of midair crash during overflight over Southern California
- US Air Force Thunderbirds flew over LA and San Diego
- In an instant one of the planes made a sharp movement to the right
- He forced two other planes to move as well and another left the formation
- Moments later the planes were back in formation once against for the flypast.
Dramatic footage captured the moment one of the US Air Force Thunderbirds was forced to take evasive action during a flypast over southern California.
Video shot from a news helicopter shows the formation heading for Newport Beach.
But as the tight formation of jets tilted to the left, Thunderbird 6 on the far right of the formation was suddenly seen pulling away.
US Air Force Thunderbirds flew over LA and San Diego
In an instant one of the planes made a sharp movement to the right
He forced two other planes to move as well and another left the formation
The group lost formation for a short time but the planes quickly managed to regroup
While the formation was making a turn, the group leader in Thunderbird 1 made a slight corrective turn.
But that caused the Thunderbird 3 pilot to make an additional adjustment as well.
The effect appeared to be amplified with Thunderbird 6 pulling completely away from the formation to avoid a potential collision.
The group’s precise delta formation is lost for a brief period of time, but the group reunites soon after by regrouping.
The momentary break was noted in a report by The reader.
Moments later the planes were back in formation once against for the flypast.
The US Air Force Thunderbirds flypast was dedicated to the brave frontline men and women battling COVID
The planes are part of “America Strong” – a flypast to be held in various US cities
It is not known what caused the initial disruption, but from the cockpit videos released by the demo team, it is clear that there is no room for error with the flying plane. often a few meters from each other.
The Thunderbirds display team was formed nearly 70 years ago and was in Southern California on Friday flying over Los Angeles County and San Diego in tribute to healthcare and frontline workers facing the coronavirus pandemic.
US Air Force Thunderbirds fly over Westwood in tribute to healthcare workers, first responders and other essential frontline workers during coronavirus pandemic
Chanthel Kokoy, left, Los Angeles County Physician + USC Medical Center, and her husband Eduardo Frias greet the US Air Force Thunderbirds flying over downtown LA
The Thunderbirds prepare to take off for an America Strong flyby over California at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
Millions of people watched the plane fly over southern California on Friday