Practice makes perfect

A quintet of the Light Speed Formation Team flies over the Ontario Municipal Airport on Thursday during a practice run, with smoke streaming from two of the planes. The team started their drill “smoking” over downtown Ontario.

ONTARIO — A few people lucky enough to be out at the Ontario Municipal Airport on Thursday morning were treated to an impromptu air show by a group of pilots who stopped in to practice on their way to an air show in Montana.

The five members of the Light Speed Formation Team who will be performing with the whole group in Great Falls this week, made a stop in Ontario. Ontario Airport Manager Dan Beaubien is the father of Matt Beaubien one of the pilots, who had just arrived back in the states from the United Emirates with the Air Force. Dan said his son usually flies a plane built in Ontario but was unable to because of mechanical problems.

Besides doing formation flying, the pilots also race, he said. The team was formerly known as the West Coast Ravens.

The pilots fly so close together they can use hand signals if radios do not work.

Members of the Light Speed Formation Team loop around over the Ontario Thursday, ahead of performing at Great Falls, Montana, this weekend.

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Larry Meyer is a reporter for the Argus Observer.

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