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Fallbrook/Bonsall residents hear demonstration of military might

SAN DIEGO - The public got a lofty demonstration of military air might and aviation prowess today as a formation of 25 Marine helicopters flew from Camp Pendleton to San Diego and back.

The aircraft, AH-1Z Cobras and UH-1Y Hueys, crossed over the county in three chevron-shaped groups, roared south along Interstate 15 to the skies over Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, and looped back for the trip north ot Pendleton.

The exercise was intended to develop and demonstrate ''flight leadership skills,'' USMC spokesman Cpl. Derek Carlson said.

''We are giving Marine aviators experience in flying in large formations, and information about aircraft behavior in large formation flying,'' he added.

The copters left about 11 a.m. from a Camp Pendleton airfield near Fallbrook and flew to the Miramar area over Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and the northern reaches of San Diego. The formation returned to the North County USMC

base on the same vector, landing shortly before 2 p.m., Carlson said.

MIRAMAR - North County residents will get a demonstration of military might and training today, as a large formation of Marine helicopters is scheduled to fly from Camp Pendleton to San Diego and back.

''People will see three chevron-shaped groups of aircraft fly south from Pendleton, along Interstate 15, to Miramar and back,'' said Cpl. Derek Carlson at Marine Corps Airs Station Miramar.

''The formation of three waves of aircraft will demonstrate flight leadership skills,'' he said. ''These are the new generation of aircraft, the AH-1Z Cobras. We are giving Marine aviators experience in flying in large formations, and information about aircraft behavior in large formation flying.''

The choppers were scheduled to leave about 11 a.m. from an airfield near Fallbrook, at the post's eastern side, and fly above Interstate 15 past Escondido and Rancho Bernardo to Miramar. The formation will fly back to Miramar on the same vector and land about 1 p.m.

The Cobras will be accompanied by UH-1Y Hueys, Carlson said.

 

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