Sixteen Egyptian Air Force MiG-29M/M2 fulcrum jets staged “Elephant Walk to carry out massive “show of force” during the Qadir-2020 exercise.
Here are some cool images of more than a dozen Egyptian Fulcrums taking part in a readiness exercise.
An elephant walk is a term for the taxing of military aircraft right before takeoff when they are in close formation. Often, it takes place right before a Minimum Interval Takeoff.
The term elephant walks dates to World War II when large fleets of Allied bombers would conduct attacks in missions containing 1,000 aircraft.
Those who observed this said that the taxing of these large numbers of aircraft to take off in a single file in nose-to-tail formations said that they looked like elephants walking to the next watering hole.
Egypt signed a contract with Russia’s Rosoboronexport in 2015 for 46 MiG-29M/M2 fighters whose delivery began in 2017: the Egyptian variant is designated as the MiG-29M for the single-seater, and MiG-29M2 for the two-seater.