The Brazilian Air Force's Fumaca (smoke) Squadron, manned by eight stunt flying veteran officers, was started 17 years ago to attract young men into the Air Force.
Passing in formation
Pilots entering briefing room
Major Arthur Braga, Squadron commander
Capt. de Castro
Pilots turning over plaques reading +OK+ after instruction.
Planes being read
Pilots approaching their planes
Squadron takes off from Rio's Santos-Dumont airport
View of Rio's Guanabara Bay and Torre filming a diamond formation from one of the Squadron planes.
Control tower at Pirassunungo, Air Cadet School and cadets.
Squadron pilots feted in cities visited
Front line show
Corkscrew filmed from plane over the city of Belo Horizonte
Solo plane flying what is know as +the crank+, ending in a sensational six or seven turn corkscrew, while the other planes regroup
Solo plane in another sensational manoeuvre
Brake -- one of the most dangerous stunts and which caused one of the only four fatal accidents suffered by the Squadron
Squadron in formation flying under a bridge at Florianapolis, in the southern state of Santa Catarina
Flower festival in the south
Squadron helps in city celebrations
Iguacu Falls with planes barrel rolling, filmed from Plane No. 2
Both pilots and cameraman show their expertise in a diamond formation take-off and going into a +snake tail+
Note the cameraman's face reflected in instrument panel. Same maneuvers as in 257, now filmed from the ground to emphasize the low flypast.
Seven and eight planes looping, separated by only one or two meters at wingtips
Downward falling leaf, forming the outlines of the Brasilia cathedral.
Seven fly a formation as one plane
Take-off from a dirt field
Six planes in a barrel roll at night -- one of the most difficult
Campos dos Affonsos Air School, with Squadron demonstrating for President Arthur de Costa e Silva, cadets and guests, for the first time with seven planes. Note cuts from land to plane. The President thinks very highly of the Squadron and believes it has contributed much to the Air Force.
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Demonstration over the city of Pelotas, in Rio Grande do Sul State
Major Braga, Squadron commander (1)
Capt. da Costa (3)
Capt. Gonzaga (2)
Lt. Rizental (solo)
Capt. Curtiss (4)
North American T-6 planes
Pilots take to their planes
Props turning over
Take-off in formation
Looping and entering into formation
Passing and returnment
Four in a barrel roll
Soloist and crowds watching
Double falling leaf and crossing
Soloist in low level buzz
Night flyby and buzzing
The +copy roll+ in this story was cut by Torre from a documentary he made, on Government assignment, and included in this story because he could not get some of the scenes repeated. Part of it is with sound.
The other two rolls, filmed for Visnews, have already been developed in order to get the captions straight.
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Background: The Brazilian Air Force's Fumaca (smoke) Squadron, manned by eight stunt flying veteran officers, was started 17 years ago to attract young men into the Air Force.
It is the only one in the world to fly prop planes but on May 14 they will revert to jets, having received delivery of the first Fougat-Magisters specially adapted for them by the French manufacturers.
The planes flown in these sequences are North American T-6's, built in 1939 and with a top speed of only 250 kilometres an hour -- against the Fougat-Magister's 550 k.p.h.
The Squadron has exhibited its prowess in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia at the invitation of the governments of those countries.
They have racked up over 700 exhibitions in their 17 years of existence, with only four fatalities.