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Photo of the Day: The Calypso Pass

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two usaf thunderbird f16 mirror image reflection acrobat trick

Two U.S. Air Force Thunderbird F-16 Fighting Falcons execute a precision acrobat technique known as a Calypso Pass for a crowd March 23, 2014, at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. The Thunderbirds performed for more than 185,000 during the MacDill AFB presents Tampa Bay AirFest 2014.

The Calypso Pass is when two planes flying at high-speed perform a mirror image. Interestingly, the Guinness World Record for closest Calypso Pass belongs to Major Scottie Zamzow and Major Brian Farrar of the 2005 Thunderbirds. They were a mere 18 inches (45 cm) apart! The feat was accomplished on 12-13 November 2005 at the Aviation Nation Air Show in Nellis, Las Vegas.