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Formation Flying

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Published on Apr 11, 2009

We were ferrying 3 airplanes from Glendale, AZ (KGEU) to Riverside, OK (KRVS) and determined that making the trip in a loose formation would ensure the greatest safety since I was flying the Beechcraft Duchess on a ferry permit with an expired annual and a history of engine over-temps. Having help right outside my window gave some peace of mind. The lead 172 had the only operating nav radios in our flight, so we just let him do the navigating and we followed behind. You'll notice that I had the flaps at 20 degrees and the gear down with a power setting of 17" MAP and about 2300 RPM to keep my speed down to allow the cessnas to keep up. Along the flight, we all had equipment and radio failures to deal with, so we joked that we stayed together so that we could catch the pieces falling off of eachother's airplanes.

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