Yakovlev Yak-52 Test Flights, Rifle, Colorado, 2011

The Aerostars perform a tight formation at 250 mph in 400-hp Yak 52TW Soviet trainers. The Aerostars are a precision aerobatic demo team whose aerial ballet captivates air show audiences.

The team performs in the Yak 52TW, a former Soviet-designed, Romanian-built, WWII-type aerobatic trainer. The deep roar of their 400 horsepower, supercharged, nine cylinder radial engines singing in harmony is a true crowd pleaser. The Aerostars' performance is the embodiment of teamwork, professionalism, and commitment to excellence.

Location: Rifle, Colorado
Photograph Date: 2005
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 200

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About the Photographer

Robbie George

Robbie George grew up in Aspen, Colorado and is currently shooting in Portland, Maine. Robbie is a professional photographer, represented by National Geographic Image Collection, who has been published in many national magazines, web sites, and calendars. His versatile style gives him the ability to take assignments or shoot a variety of subjects for his clients.

"Photography allows me to share my appreciation of the wonder and magnificence of our natural spaces. Working for National Geographic has inspired me to impact lives by sharing the vast beauty that surrounds us. My vision is to capture the harmony of nature, providing the viewer with a sense of wonder, appreciation, and respect. My commitment is to leave a lasting impression and instill a deeper sense of awareness of the natural world."

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