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River Flyby



Jeff Ethell: "So then Igor said, 'Here, let me take it.' We went down into a riverbed, and I mean so low that we could see the distinct trees coming by on either side of the riverbank. Then we followed the bends of the river. We did some 90 degree turns which required us to push the power up and use the maneuverability of the airplane. The capability is to turn very fast, very tight, low, and that's an important ability for evading enemy aircraft fire."



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