Four Su-30 jets flown by the world-famous Russian Knights aerobatic team performed a simultaneous loop in the Malaysian skies, to the excitement of countless onlookers watching the stunt.
Flying in a tight formation, the Su-30s were filmed traversing the sky over the Malaysian city of Langkawi, where the International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition (LIMA) took place. The Russian Knights chose to do a loop, an extremely difficult maneuver first performed by aerobatics enthusiast Petr Nesterov in the early 20th century.
A camera mounted on one of the jets shows the pilots making a low pass over the Langkawi airfield. They then pull their jets up into the vertical while keeping minimal distance between the aircraft.
The Su-30s are seen continuing around and heading back in the same direction, making a 360 turn.[embedded content]
The pilots briefly released the brakes and retracted the undercarriages to slow down. The Russian Knights loop looked equally impressive from the ground.[embedded content]
The Russian Knights are a world-renowned aerobatic team which frequently performs at airshows in Russia and abroad. They have already taken part in the LIMA 2017 show.