The SoCal RV
Formation Squadron is a group of pilots from southern California who fly their airplanes in formation at air shows and various other aviation events. While we are not affiliated with the military (although some of our pilots are former military) all of our pilots are trained and evaluated according to strict formation flying standards that were developed by the U.S. Air Force and Navy. We fly with a degree of discipline and precision that is nearly unparalleled in any other realm of civilian aviation. We are not a "rag tag" group of airplanes flying "near" each other, but rather a demonstration of sheer skill and dedication to the art of formation flying.
Air Shows and Fly-ins
Our pilots have flown formation routines at air shows and fly-ins all around the country, such as EAA's AirVenture at Oshkosh, EAA's Golden West, Aviation Nation at Nellis AFB, Boulder City Airport Day, and the Cable Air Show. We are honored to have performed along with acts such as Sean D. Tucker and the Thunderbirds. Check our events page for more info.
Missing Man / Honorary Services
When an aviator passes away, a wonderful way to honor them is the Missing Man formation. This is a four-ship formation fly-over in which one pilot pulls up and out of the formation, leaving a symbolic empty slot in honor of the "missing man." We have flown numerous Missing Man memorial services. While it is a solemn experience, it can be incredibly emotional and moving for the family and loved ones who wish to honor those who have passed on.
We have flown formation demonstrations at various aviation-related events, such as the Centennial of Flight celebration over the California Science Center, and the career day for kids at Tomorrow's Air Museum in Compton. If you are coordinating an event and would like the SoCal RV Formation Squadron to perform, please contact us for scheduling