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    The team started in 1994 under the umbrella of Richard Goode who had been flying and organising aerobatic displays since the mid 70s’. He saw the need for a team aerobatic display using the Sukhoi aerobatic aircraft to add to his already popular solo displays. The team started with Paul Bonhomme as leader and Warwick Brady as “wingman”.
    Proving that the team was in the midst of the aerobatic world’s most creative minds, the team was called the “Sukhoi Duo”. In 1997, Steve Jones brought his competition aerobatic skills to the team and we flew a handful of shows as a “three”. Warwick was obviously so impressed with the new format that he left the team to make yoghurt in Poland.

    The team, now back to a two-ship, went on to compete in the formation aerobatic team class of the FAI World Grand Prix in China, Japan, Czech Republic, United Arab Emirates and Switzerland. They won 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal. Whilst flying in this competition, they continually found themselves up against the “Flying Bulls” and, again displaying amazing creativity, renamed the team the “Matadors”

    The team has continued to fly all over the world and last displayed abroad in Dazu, China in May 2011.

    In 2012, we are concentrating on displaying in the UK.

    The team flew solely the Sukhoi aerobatic aircraft from 1994 to the end of 2010. 2011 was a transition year where they flew both the Sukhoi and the all new XtremeAir XA41. Since the start of 2012, the team has just been flying the XA41.
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    1. debbie webbie2012 [deleted] 20 months ago | reply

      great capture!

    2. Youperspective 20 months ago | reply

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    3. frasse21 20 months ago | reply

      Wonderfully captured!

    4. JimbobEdsel (Limited participation for a while.) 20 months ago | reply

      Excellent! Glad to see this in Explore.

    5. Rob-Wei 20 months ago | reply

      Thumbs up, looks cool (and dangerous)!

    6. Yomchomsky 20 months ago | reply

      Thumbs up,you mad your shot count and a little bit of enlightenment for all.

    7. Danial Abdullah 20 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot!
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    8. ∞den 20 months ago | reply

      It looks stamens!

    9. THE GREATEST GIFT U CAN GIVE IS LOVE 20 months ago | reply

      Beautiful capture...nice work..

    10. soniacraw [deleted] 20 months ago | reply

      wow this is a stunning image

    11. marinela 2008 20 months ago | reply

      Congrats on Explore !

    12. CameliaTWU 20 months ago | reply

      Excellent work! Congratulations on Explore!

    13. soumen19xx 20 months ago | reply

      Congrats on Explore.
      Excellent image. Nice tone rendition.

    14. aignes 20 months ago | reply

      Great shot

    15. Loirak 20 months ago | reply

      ow man this is amazing!!

    16. An Gobán Saor 2 months ago | reply

      Stunning shot.

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