Roger Federer, smurfs and NYC

Display TeamsTennis great Roger Federer, smurfs and a nightclub in New York City – three things you probably wouldn’t expect to be connected.

But, bizarre as it sounds, they are linked by the fact that they are random pieces of trivia about military display teams.

You’ll be able to find out exactly how they relate to the colourful, spectacular world of military display teams (jet, prop and helicopter) by reading my 16-page supplement on the world’s d in the next issue of Air Forces Monthly magazine, which is out in the UK on 16th May.

From history to manoeuvres flown – and the odd random fact – I hope it’s something that whets the appetite as the airshow season swings into gear . Certainly, it’s been a long time since anything similar was published in a British aviation magazine.

I’ve blogged before about my enjoyment of display teams so I enjoyed compiling it and looking at everything from noisy Russian fighter jets to colourful prop aircraft from the Middle East.

I’m delighted that the supplement is the issue’s lead cover story. And I’m even more pleased that ace aviation photographer Katsuhiko Tokunaga’s stunning capture of the soon-to-be-disbanded Patrouille Suisse is the subject.

Look out for it in the shops and online!


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