“Mooney Flight of Four, departing Runway 25, Suffolk.”
With a slow nod, “Lead” advances his throttle, and begins his takeoff from the left side of the runway. A one-potato, two-potato count to five, and “Two,” on the right side of the runway, eyes fixed on Lead’s wing root, follows suit.
Exactly five seconds later, “Three” takes off behind Lead, and “Four,” on the right, follows Two, gear up, climbing to exactly 1,000 feet at exactly 100 knots.
It’s as if the four airplanes are tied together with invisible strings — and not very long strings, at that. [Read more…]