An elephant walk is a USAF 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 benefits of an elephant walk include being able to show the capability of the units as well as teamwork. It is often performed to prepare squadrons for wartime operations, as well as to prepare pilots for the launching of fully armed aircraft in one mass event.
The term elephant walk 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 takeoff in single file in nose-to-tail formations looked like elephants walking to the next watering hole.
In this video, A-10 Thunderbolt II and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft perform an Elephant Walk on the runway during Exercise Beverly Herd 16-01 at Osan AB, Republic of Korea.
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