TIANJIN, September 6 (ChinaMil) -- The "Thunder" aerobatics team, the first helicopter aerobatics team of the army aviation of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), made debut at the 2nd China (Tianjin) International Helicopter Exposition and staged excellent air shows on September 5, 2013.
"Founded on August 25, 2013, the "Thunder' aerobatics team is equipped with Z-9, Z-10 and Z-19 helicopters, China's most advanced independently-developed helicopters," said Sun Delong, deputy director of the Army Aviation Department under the General Staff Headquarters (GSH) of the PLA.
The "Thunder" aerobatics team is the PLA's fourth aerobatics team following the "August 1" aerobatics team, the "Sky Wing" aerobatics team and the "Red Falcon" aerobatics team of the PLA Air Force.
According to a briefing, all the members of the "Thunder" aerobatics team have flown over 2,000 hours and some of them took part in National Day parades and joint military exercises. Li Kuiyuan, leader of the "Thunder" aerobatics team, has a safe flight record of 7,000 hours, and he is also the first one in the country to turn armed helicopter somersaults.