With Gabriela Isler's coronation on Saturday, Venezuela won the Miss Universe contest for the seventh time. But victory for beauty also happens in a "dispute" among CRUZEX Flight 2013 aircraft. Featuring special painting, one of the F-16 aircraft from Aviación Militar Bolivariana, the Venezuelan Air Force, has become the favorite aircraft of the photographers who cover the exercise, taking pictures.
Speeds faster than sound, altitudes above 14,000 meters, hi-tech missiles capable of chasing its targets for dozens of kilometers and radars that reach aircraft more than 100 km away. With these characteristics, the combats carried out in CRUZEX Flight 2013 happen with no eye-to-eye contact. It means that the fighter pilots combat without seeing their opponents in a scenery called BVR, an English acronyn “Beyond Visual Range” (BVR).
The PARA-SAR, which became known as Airborne Rescue Squadron, is the Brazilian Air Force airborne unit performing search and rescue (SAR) missions, specialized instruction and special operations. For the first time involved in CRUZEX, the Squadron has carried out several partnership jumps with American and Canandian paratroopers, besides foward air controller (FAC) missions and direct actions.
Check out the PARA-SAR routine moments before jumping:
One of the main gains of CRUZEX Flight 2013 is the exchange among countries. Interaction and exchange of experiences are the most spoken words by all crewmembers participating in the exercise. A great example is the flights made by the Brazilian pilots in the KC-767-200 Jupiter refueling aircraft from the Colombian Air Force. Since the beginning of the exercise, pilots, from 2º/2º Transportation Group (2º/2º GT) of the Brazilian Air Force, have accompanied missions of fighters refueling.
At first glance, it is the painting that draws attention: instead of sinuous curves, black, yellow and green colors are mixed in a grid layout, an unusual camouflage for aircraft. But the participation of the Super Tucano from the Ecuadorian Air Force in CRUZEX Flight 2013 stands out for other aspects beyond aesthetics. Delivered in 2010, these are the newest combat aircraft participating in the exercise and are the first made in Brazil flying painted in the colors of another country.
Located in the state of Rio Grande do Norte and a strategic point of CRUZEX Flight 2013, the city of Caicó hosted, on Monday, November 11, the visit of the DECEA (Air Traffic Control Dept.) delegation which aimed at recognizing and evaluating the communication and control structure assembled on that base.
Passengers who will board and arrive at the Augusto Severo International Airport in Natal during the CRUZEX Flight 2013 don't need to worry about flight schedules. In order to avoid problems, a year ago the CRUZEX team, together with Destacamento de Controle do Espaço Aéreo (Air Space Control Bureau), planned the air traffic in advance.
No low pass flybys, radical maneuvers or thrilling air chases. On the contrary to what many people think, the CRUZEX war scenery is quite different from the movie scenes. In fact, the operation aircraft fly over the Northeast skies at an altitude between 20 and 35 thousand feet, which is equal to 6-11 kilometers, where neither the noise of the engines can be heard, nor the aircraft can be seen.