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How Smoke Systems (and Smoke Oil) Work

How Smoke Systems (and Smoke Oil) Work

It all began in 1957 at the Farnborough airshow. The Black Cats became the talk of the town when they used smoke effects and smoke oil in their aerobatics show. Since then, smoke effects at airshows are the trend, with nearly all aerobatics teams using smoke in their flight exhibitions. But how do these planes make smoke for their shows—and what do you need to do the same for your aircraft?

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Smoking Airplanes Pilot Spotlight Rob Whiteside

Pilot Spotlight: Rob Whiteside

There’s nothing quite like a stunning picture of an airplane with a trail of smoke behind it. But even more amazing? The people behind the controls. Get to know one of our pilots, Rob Whiteside—and keep scrolling for another picture of him in flight.
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Pilot Spotlight: Chris Gregory

Pilot Spotlight: Chris Gregory

Our favorite part of what we do is the pilots, mechanics and aircraft enthusiasts we get to interact with. Our first pilot spotlight is Chris Gregory. Learn more about his history and why flying inspires him. Plus, check out this amazing video of his flight.

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Smoke System Inspection Checklist

Your Smoke System Inspection Checklist

We recommend doing a thorough inspection of your smoke system every year or every 50 hours of engine run-time to keep it in great shape. While Smoking Airplanes smoke systems are built to last, proactive maintenance will ensure beautiful smoke trails for years and years.
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