The Orlik Aerobatic Team (Polish: Zespół Akrobacyjny Orlik) is an aerobatic team of the Polish Air Force. Like the Polish Air Force’s other aerobatic team, Team Iskry, Team Orlik derive their name from the aircraft they fly: the PZL-130 Orlik TC-1.
Home base: Radom Air Base
Operator: Air Force
Size: up to 7 aircraft in display
PZL-130 Orlik (1998-present)
Team Orlik displayed for the first time in 1998, and made their international airshow debut the same year at the Royal International Air Tattoo. Starting out as a six-ship (a main formation of five and soloist), the team added a second solo pilot in 2000. Since then, Team Orlik have displayed with eight or nine aircraft during some seasons, but most commonly with seven planes.
In 2018 and 2019, Team Orlik flew a reduced sequence due to the PZL-130 upgrade programme, which resulted in fewer aircraft than normal being in active service. Many shows were performed with one, two or four aircraft.
The team also perform an Orlik Memorial Flight routine, featuring three Orliks and two T-6 Harvards.