ZAGREB, 3 March 2020 – The Croatian air force (HRZ) and the air defence (PZO) aerobatic display team ‘Wings of Storm’ (Krila Oluje) have successfully conducted the first testing of a new smoke emission function.
Through three pilot flights over Lekenik and Velika Gorica on Monday, the smoke installation was successfully tested on a Pilatus PC-9M ‘Wings of Storm’ aircraft.
The installation and modification of the smoker installation by American manufacturer ‘Smoking Airplanes’ was carried out by a team of experts from the Aeronautical and Technical Center in Velika Gorica, and the first flights were carried out by pilots Colonel Damir Barišić, Head of the Operations and Flight Section at HRZ 93rd Wing Command and Captain Darko Belančić, the leader of ‘Wings of Storm’.
It was the first test of the new smoke trail emission on a Croatian Pilatus plane, and it is planned to be installed on a total of nine aircraft.
‘Wings of the Storm’ will present the new feature for the first time at the international military aviation meeting “CROIMAS 2020” on May 30 in Zadar.
“This is certainly one of the most significant and anticipated moments in the history of Wings of the Storm because the smoke trail is an indispensable and visually attractive part of the performance of all the world’s acrobatic groups. Thank you to all who have contributed, but also to the millions of spectators who will have the opportunity to enjoy even more attractive performances from our group in the coming years, ”Colonel Barišić said after the flight.
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