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Flying in formation: planes, pilots take to Madera skies for clinic

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Special aircraft known as home-built or kit airplanes were in the skies over Madera this weekend as pilots practiced their formation flying skills.

The 2012 West Coast Formation Clinic (WCFC) featured more than 60 airplanes from the western states and from as far away as Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas. The event is hosted by the West Coast Raven RV Formation Squadron.

The squadron features Van’s RV aircraft, which have two seats arranged either tandem or side-by-side. The RV stands for Richard VanGrunsven, the designer of the popular airplane.

Their top speed is more than 200 mph, but while flying in formation the speed is held to 150 mph. The airplane is very airworthy with a stall speed of just 50 mph and is also capable of inverted flight. They are considered sportsman aerobatic aircraft...


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