Preparing For a Display
Before the display season gets under way the entire crew must undergo an intense work-up under the supervision of one of the squadron executives. For the 2018 Display Season this job has fallen to Squadron Leader Olley Leaming.
Unlike dedicated display teams, such as the Red Arrows or Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - the RAF Chinook Display Team is drawn from front-line aircrew who still have important primary roles to fulfil. Whilst the team are busy rehearsing the display the Display Managers are busy planning for air show appearances, putting together the team's promotional material, engaging with the media and readying the transport arrangements that allow a team of around 10 engineers to arrive at shows ahead of the display aircraft. All of these tasks must be completed alongside the crew members' routine tasks and secondary duties.
Before a weekend of display flying the team must attend a met brief, detailing the day's weather, plus a display brief outlining the exact procedures for the day. Once this is done the captain will conduct a final sortie brief and sign for the aircraft which has been prepared by skilled engineers. The team will drive to the aircraft, conduct a walk-round to ensure that everything appears to be in order and then start the engines and load the avionic systems. This small section of the day can take hours, depending on the nature of the show.
2018 Display Sequence
1. Run in to Crowd Centre for Nose Over with Turn Away
2. Pedal Turn
3. 'Roller Coaster' (Nose Over followed by Nose Over)
5. 360 degree Wingover at Crowd Centre
7. Nose Over at Crowd Centre
8. Pedal Turn
9. Low Level 360 degree Orbit
10. 180 degree Nose Down Quickstop
11. Taxi Sideways for Crewman Wave
12. 540 degree 'Gorni' Corkscrew
13. 315 degree Spiral Descent to break from Crowd
15. Into wind Running Landing to beyond Crowd Centre
16. Rearwards Taxy & Take Off
17. Over the Shoulder Departure
** Please note that the above Sequence is subject to weather conditions including visibility and cloud base as well as the designated Display Area.