How Formation Flying Works (feat. the Red Arrows!)

  • Published on Mar 14, 2018
  • Thanks to the RAF, Rolls-Royce, and the Red Arrows! Go visit their Starrship project, it's the reason I got to do this:
    The Red Arrows are the Royal Air Force's aerobatic display team - the best in the world. They fly Hawk T1 jets, powering through the sky at hundreds of miles per hour, pulling high-G maneuvers with just a few metres between their wingtips. Here's how they do it: and part of it's a skill that you probably already know.
    Edited by Michelle Martin, @mrsmmartin
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  • Wats good Gaming
    Wats good Gaming 23 days ago

    Blue Angles are better

  • AviationATL
    AviationATL 29 days ago

    Blue angles are better

  • Epi Endless
    Epi Endless Month ago

    "Turn .. Right .. Now."
    "Your .. Other .. Right."

  • DimitriPlayz
    DimitriPlayz Month ago

    Im sorry ever hear of the Blue Angels?

  • boson96
    boson96 2 months ago

    I am so jealous right now.

  • ben flamini
    ben flamini 2 months ago


  • Ginger Ninja
    Ginger Ninja 2 months ago +1

    Hi! Tom Scott here! I want to talk to you about Cillit Bang! Rusty grates or blocked surfaces are no match for Cill ... oh hang on. Sorry. Wrong โ€œScottโ€.

  • Owen Jones
    Owen Jones 3 months ago

    Anyone coming back to this video after watching red arrows kings of the sky?

  • MissRiaElaine
    MissRiaElaine 3 months ago

    You lucky ******, how did you manage to blag this..? Envy, envy..!!

  • Brandon Martin-Moore
    Brandon Martin-Moore 3 months ago +1

    You probably flew over my house.

  • Nick Edds
    Nick Edds 4 months ago

    cough cough..Blue Angels

  • Astro
    Astro 4 months ago

    hey guys this is tom scott, today we're falling off a 30 story building and we're gonna talk about trampolines

  • MegaMGstudios
    MegaMGstudios 5 months ago

    Wait, were you actually flying or was there a pilot hiding with you in the jet?

  • Brian Feezle
    Brian Feezle 6 months ago

    Meters? The blue angels fly inches from each other.

  • Railfanning_Productions

    blue Angel's are better

    • Ben's Dad
      Ben's Dad 6 months ago

      I've seen both, there not

  • JJ Kirby
    JJ Kirby 6 months ago +1

    I kinda have a problem with things because there are people like myself who are working hard everyday so one day we can become a pilot for the RAF and apply for the Red Arrows. Then there are people who don't have a direct obsession with the Red Arrows who get to fly with them.. I know it isn't sponsored and Tom worked with Rolls Royce but so what?

  • Shad0w_55
    Shad0w_55 7 months ago

    Trust and passion are what that led to their dreams come true. Awesome video Tom!

  • Patricia Bracken
    Patricia Bracken 7 months ago

    My one wish is to see the red arrows in reality.
    They are for me amazing.
    Their skills in flying so close to one another......brilliant team work.

  • The Furless Furby
    The Furless Furby 7 months ago

    Wow, you can do anything with your TVclip channel!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜†

  • The Bread Man
    The Bread Man 8 months ago

    Donโ€™t the blue angels fly centimeters of each other?

  • NovaDelta
    NovaDelta 8 months ago

    Blue Angels are better

  • Stickman
    Stickman 8 months ago

    > Flies with the Red Arrows
    > Cover photo is still Tom in a glider
    > Ok

  • brazy birb
    brazy birb 8 months ago

    cool, but you should see the thunderbirds

  • Calsium
    Calsium 8 months ago

    Blue. Angels.

  • Daniel Hawn
    Daniel Hawn 8 months ago

    The Navy Blue Angels and The Air Force Thunderbirds. Go see those guys and then decide who is better, also probably my patriotism speaking

  • Bernie Sanders
    Bernie Sanders 8 months ago

    Blue angels wannabes ๐Ÿ˜‚. Nah Iโ€™m just playing. But the blue angels have to end the best tbh. Iโ€™ve seen them and itโ€™s amazing.

  • Craftaholics Cinema
    Craftaholics Cinema 8 months ago

    If I were lead pilot and commander precision flight, here is how I would do all training manoeuvres.
    We all gather in a circle, I have my fist out in the centre, #2 places his open hand upon top my fist, #'s 3-6 repeat the sequence.
    Upon the inflexion of My VOICE in Their earphones, I give counts 1..2..3..4..5.. The same time I move my hand in any direction, the amount of force at 1 in My voice at 1 is the same amount of movement and force on controls is what they should expect from my next manoeuvre.
    Therein doing the same input to controls at the same amount pressure I am going to do.
    Testing of equipment prior to flight will adjust needed differences, and ensure we each commit to the same exact manuver at the the exact same time..correct?

  • Nate Bitners
    Nate Bitners 9 months ago

    I know in 4 months late, but if you see this tom, next time you can, check out the blue angels in america (particularly fleet week in San Francisco) they are amazing and on a similar if not higher level than the red arrows

  • Reese McClain
    Reese McClain 9 months ago

    Yeah it is a bit biased as the Blue Angels fly at a minimum of 18 inches apart. They also fly at a maximum speed of 700 mph during airshows.

  • luckylucas 1
    luckylucas 1 10 months ago

    Correction, the blue angles are the best. The red arrows are second.

  • D Godfrey
    D Godfrey 10 months ago

    i wish i was able to go fly with the red arrows in the back seat

  • Grim Reapers GSIII
    Grim Reapers GSIII 10 months ago

    Donโ€™t the blue angels fly 18 inches from each other

  • Allan Richardson
    Allan Richardson 10 months ago

    I wonder how their skill levels compare to the US Navy Blue Angels and the USAF Thunderbirds? Are there international air show competitions, and do expert critics rate the various demonstration units against one another?

  • Justice For Seth Rich WWG1WGA

    Blue Angels are better! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโœŠ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ฌ

  • Thomas Busse
    Thomas Busse 10 months ago

    Chamber music playing might actually be good training for this. "Holding the bank, Now" is a metrical articulation in triple time. It gives a subdivision, so that all musicians can "breathe" and come in together. It's almost a form of mind reading. Americans don't sing the way other cultures do, and it limits "work rhythm."

  • SilverDax
    SilverDax 11 months ago

    God, I hate thumbnails that put red arrows in them to get views.

  • Anankin12
    Anankin12 11 months ago

    Frecce Tricolori >>>

  • Yeetith no
    Yeetith no Year ago

    Blue Angels>Red Arrows

  • Forty
    Forty Year ago

    This channel is gold

  • Lobo Hog
    Lobo Hog Year ago

    Blue Angels > Red Arrows

  • Josh
    Josh Year ago

    Unbelievable. Absolutely absurd, really cool!

  • Matthew Lysenko
    Matthew Lysenko Year ago

    The best ever?

    *enter the Snowbirds*

  • Ross // Rossilaz58

    I go to see these guys every year. I just sit on a field and they fly right over me.

  • Olivia Webb
    Olivia Webb Year ago

    I have the pleasure of watching these guys on their practice runs from my back garden, ah Lincolnshire ๐Ÿค™

  • Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    respect for everybody involved in getting those planes in the air and doing some serious work.

  • Fire Bunny
    Fire Bunny Year ago

    *6 to 11 feet?* Really? That's a bit much isn't it

  • Beefaroni
    Beefaroni Year ago +1

    **cough** **cough** _Blue Angels are better_ **cough** **cough**

    • Stephen G
      Stephen G Year ago

      Beefaroni Theses limeys donโ€™t even compare to the ๐๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ž ๐€๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ.

  • DS
    DS Year ago

    Few tousand miles above Yorkshire, looks more like a few hundred to me.

  • Jurij
    Jurij Year ago

    For a second when the squadron leader started to speak and I was in another tab, I though I was watching one of Sixty Symbols' physics videos.

  • Obi High Ground Kenobi

    What is red 5 called?

    HAWXLEADER Year ago

    Did he say Meters??? well there you go USA... now you have to go metric...

  • Lord Dice X
    Lord Dice X Year ago

    I'm a big fan of the Blue Angels here in the U.S. but now I'm also interested in the Red Arrows team. Thanks for broadening my horizons yet again (pun intended) ๐Ÿ˜„

  • Oodain
    Oodain Year ago

    the flight leader shows the sort of quiet down to earth confidence that only comes from knowing ones own limits exactly.

  • Cap673
    Cap673 Year ago

    I still think the thunderbirds are better

  • Jumbo Whiffy
    Jumbo Whiffy Year ago

    Epic video

  • Vlaid65
    Vlaid65 Year ago


  • Alexsandr Senaviev

    Blue angels are better

  • Jake Harman
    Jake Harman Year ago

    Huh, I saw a formation jet crash and explode once.

  • J.Jarvis
    J.Jarvis Year ago

    Wonder when drones will be made for this.

  • Michael
    Michael Year ago

    Blue Angels are way better

  • oldcowbb
    oldcowbb Year ago

    Bae system

  • Colin Craig
    Colin Craig Year ago

    Why does it seem like British people put 72% percent of their energy into talking about how brritish things are the best, and the remaining 28% into saying other things are bad compared to British things

  • Ky J
    Ky J Year ago

    These comments haha
    British - Red Arrows are the best
    Americans - Blue angels are the best
    Canadians - Snowbirds are the best
    Everyone who's Country doesn't have an aerobatics team --------- Red Arrows are the best.

  • Fernando Pinales
    Fernando Pinales Year ago

    Wow this was so cool to watch! Very nice that you got to fly with them

  • Jaimin Greer
    Jaimin Greer Year ago

    Look at the blue angels way better

  • TheFriendlyCanadian

    So I just watched all 178 videos on the Things You Might Not Know playlist,
    My brain feels like its about to implode.

  • Jacob Stacy
    Jacob Stacy Year ago

    And that is something you might not have known

  • T&H Studios
    T&H Studios Year ago

    blue angles are better way better

  • DarvsPlanet
    DarvsPlanet Year ago

    R.I.P. Cpl Jonathan Bayliss

  • Eri Airlangga
    Eri Airlangga Year ago

    Can't wait Tom Scott in a space shuttle

  • Strike Eagle
    Strike Eagle Year ago

    Hey, thought you might find this interesting, the USโ€™s Thunderbird when flying in formation trim there stick that in the event that something goes wrong they donโ€™t have to think, they just release the stick and the aircraft pulls away naturally. The do this because something can go wrong in such a short amount of time.

  • Bubba Holen
    Bubba Holen Year ago

    I would say the blue angels are better

  • Chroma
    Chroma Year ago

    Literally a couple of days after this went out one of the planes crashed and killed one of the engineers... I wouldve thought he would have taken this video down as respect to him seeing as they keep bragging in the video how good they are at not crashing.

    • George Smith
      George Smith Year ago

      There's a difference between human error or natural and mechanical causes.

  • Mort
    Mort Year ago

    I've got all these guys signatures :) big up cosford

  • Colby Lundgreen
    Colby Lundgreen Year ago

    You Should do a video on the Denver airport.

  • Sebach82
    Sebach82 Year ago +2

    RIP Cpl Jonathan Bayliss :(

  • John Smith
    John Smith Year ago

    Wow, that must cost millions of pounds to keep this up. I mean it's cool but is it worth it? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

  • Anthony Halstead
    Anthony Halstead Year ago

    You should go to Tehachapi California to make a video on the Tehachapi loop... I think it would make an interesting video topic. I don't know where you are from but I know you have been to Lancaster CA only a 1 hour drive away... Also I love your channel and I like how your videos make learning interesting. Thank you.

  • South Carolina Mapping

    Couple days later and one went down

  • Benjamin Brady
    Benjamin Brady Year ago +1

    1111111 subscribers!

  • Block Geek
    Block Geek Year ago

    I met these guys at the Big Bang Fair!

  • Max Flight
    Max Flight Year ago

    Congratultions Tom , what a great video. I've always had faith in millennials , you reinforce it further.

  • Michael Wadie
    Michael Wadie Year ago

    Anyone else notice how Red 1 sounds like a mondassian cyberman when he's announcing a maneuver?

  • Masked Mayhem
    Masked Mayhem Year ago

    tom why is your youtube url enyay

  • Stickman
    Stickman Year ago +4

    Really awkward to watch this since the recent fatal crash...

  • Andrew Kelly
    Andrew Kelly Year ago +1

    R.I.P To the engineer xx

  • David Hayward
    David Hayward Year ago

    That pilot's voice or whatever would be really cool for a voice actor gimmick in a game with a pilot unit or character. Imagine the Wraith from Starcraft saying "coming right... now" or "Hold-ing the bank... now" in his smooth voice whenever you clicked on him.

  • The Last Darkrai
    The Last Darkrai Year ago +4

    The red arrows just had an accident...

  • S Pot
    S Pot Year ago

    sure, call the ginger red 1

  • Cog-233 Cog-233
    Cog-233 Cog-233 Year ago +3

    6 days later, one crashes

  • Maikel hoi
    Maikel hoi Year ago

    They would never crash *cough* *cough*.

    • Neffers
      Neffers Year ago +1

      Please, a little respect would go a long way. A fellow human has died, after all.

  • Neffers
    Neffers Year ago +1

    R.I.P engineer [name undisclosed at the time of typing this]. Sad to hear that there was a fatality. I hope the family are not too traumatised. Such a shame.

  • Faluck Tanvir
    Faluck Tanvir Year ago +1

    They just crashed. I was going to make a joke until i learned the pilot died.
    Terrible tradegy.

    • Neffers
      Neffers Year ago +1

      Indeed. Respect to the guy. An engineer, not just a pilot too. Two huge skill-sets lost in no time. I hope his family are coping well, they must have been so proud, and today, sadness.

  • JamBooBx
    JamBooBx Year ago

    RIP 6 days later...

  • tristancliffe
    tristancliffe Year ago +1

    Such a shame a Red Arrow crashed today at Anglesey.

  • luapworrag
    luapworrag Year ago

    Timing is everything!

  • Will
    Will Year ago

    I just read on the news that there was a red arrows crash just now, hope they are safe. I know these accidents happen, that's why these guys are the best, it's very dangerous and takes tremendous skill.

  • Rob Gibson
    Rob Gibson Year ago

    They lost me at the opening. Blue Angels are undeniably the best. They fly closer and faster and have more complex maneuvers.

  • DoggoMan
    DoggoMan Year ago +1

    And.... One just crashed