From UK with love, Yakovlevs put a heart in midair at Aero India 2017

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For the second time in a row, the aerobatics team from the United Kingdom is taking part in the Aero India show. The team loves the place and the people so much that they put up a heart in midair during their display on February 14. "We wanted to mark Valentine's Day and dedicated that heart to everyone in Bengaluru. It may not have been perfect but the people here are so wonderful and the place is warm. We enjoyed putting up the display," said Jez Hopkinson, lead pilot of the team. The team of pilots and technicians cant stop about India and the weather in Bengaluru.

UK's 4-aircraft aerobatic team at Aero India 2017

Their spectacular performance left the audience spellbound. On Wednesday, day two of the show there was only more cheer and applause for the team. Many may call it daredevilry but the team swears by professionalism. "Every routine is well planned and meticulously rehearsed. We want to entertain people and put a smile on their face and not cause worry. Great care and coordination is ensured for a smooth show. We are professionals," he added.

The team of professional pilots trains extensively and come days in advance to rehearse and run trials. The team added the much needed colour to bengaluru skies on the inaugural day of the Aero India Show. Their maneuvers and midair aerobatics were a sight indeed. "This is my first outing with the Yaks since I joined them last Summer. I had previously visited India 20 years ago and I am back with Take for Aero India. Each of the pilots have extensive training either in defence or civil aviation," said another pilot Dave Staley. They have performed across the world and each country is a different challenge.

UK's Yakovlevs at the Air Show in Bengaluru

"The conditions change. We have put up displays in England where it is rather cold but here in Bengaluru it is over 3000ft above sea level. It becomes difficult but we stick to the routine. The routine is constant and we adjust to the other factors," he added.

Having flown 2,60,000 miles to deliver over 1000 displays, the team has entertained close to 400 million people worldwide. They had a fleet of 4 aircrafts at the 11th edition of the Aero India show and hope to increase it to nine when they come back in 2019.

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