Video footage captured at this year’s Nanchang Flight Convention shows an astonishing display of an airline jet floating through the night sky in China.
Turns out it wasn’t an actual aircraft but hundreds of drones which, with amazing precision, formed the outline of a jet.
About 800 drones took part in the demonstration at the convention, an industry-led event, showcasing the China’s latest advances in the aviation, space and travel sectors.
For the finale, precision choreography merged the drones to create outlines of a helicopter and a jet, and at some stage changing to a mirror image of two large airliners, one hovering above the other upside down below it.
Over 100 types of aircraft from Chine and other countries where on show at the convention and included biplanes and fighter jets.
During the opening ceremony, Yin Meigen, member of the Standing Committee of Jiangxi Provincial Committee and Secretary of Nanchang Municipal Party Committee, said it was the first flight convention of this level to be held in the region. According to reports, Yin said the point of the convention is to promote the rapid development of the Nanchang aviation industry, and to help boost national strides being made in the sector.
He went on to say that the event would also bolster Nanchang’s growing reputation for aviation research and development and progress being made in Jiangxi’s aircraft industry.
Development of drones and their use has been extremely rapid in recent years, some of the positives include rescue assistance, disaster relief and delivery of emergency medicines and blood.
According to former Royal Marine sniper, Aldo Kane, “It’s the fastest arms race on the planet at the minute – drone and counter drone technology and it’s something that everyone is having to get to grips with.”
In spite of the dangers, Aldo feels drones are now a fact of life:
“I think that drones are: a) here to stay and b) regardless of all the bad press, there’s actually many, many more good things that come from drones and they’re being used for delivering blood out in Africa which is amazing, they’re being used for mountain rescue, for disaster relief so there’s so many things that they can help with and help with already so for me they’re here to stay and they’re a good thing.”
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