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Where? Aqaba, Red Sea - Jordan
When? April 2010

The Royal Jordanian Falcons are a small group of Professionals that represent the excellence of Jordan aviation. Based in Aqaba on the shores of the Red Sea this team and their five Extra 300-L aircraft can be seen on airshows around the world, but mainly around the Middle East and Europe.

During these events The RJ Falcons function as a highly specialized asset for the promotion of Jordan, serving as the country's "roving ambassadors". A recent visit to Jordan gave me a possibility to have a closer look at the Team and their way of working and training off season.

Royal Jordanian Falcons Extra 300L

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Consisting of five pilots, all of them having a leave of around 3-4 years from their military jet pilot job, and four full time engineers this small group succeeds in completing a dense schedule of events during the summer season. The winter and spring months, when there is a really enjoyable climate around Aqaba, is used for maintenance of their aircraft as well as training new pilots.

the Maintenance Job

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During one of these incentive for a new pilot I got the possibility to take a seat in the leading aircraft while performing all kinds of aerobatic maneuovers, including loopings, barrel rolls, flying upside-down, etc… - all of which are also presented in the RJ Falcons usual display sequence.

taking off for the Flight

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going vertical...

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With the deep blue sky and the glowing dessert sand constantly changing position in my field of view I got the opportunity to appreciate the hard work that the pilots are doing during each and every display sequence.

Display routine training

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...and still having some more fun :)

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Being lucky – and happy! - with my feet on the ground again I was even more impressed when the pilots went up again after only a short break to fly another training.

The Royal Jordanian Falcons Team

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I hope that you have enjoyed these photos. If you want to find out more about the Royal Jordanian Falcons or their current schedule, then have a look at their website http://www.rjfalcons.com/

Thanks to all the team for your very kind hospitality and this unforgettable experience!

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