I came across the photo below on flightaware.com. The image was taken by someone with, I think, an Ukrainian name: Arkadiusz Cieslak. They piqued my interest as they do not appear to have insignia except for the "B" (cyrillic?) on the tail of the transport plane and a design on the fighters. Any ideas? I'm just curious.

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    $\begingroup$ The registration of the Constellation is clearly visible (HB-RSC), and a quick google gives you all kinds of cool pictures. I'm guessing the fighters are F-5s $\endgroup$
    – falstro
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 7:15
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    $\begingroup$ Knowing this is the livery of the Swiss patrol makes search easy. I like this one. BTW, and to link with a recent question about the carriers around the world: Switzerland carrier in territorial waters. $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 7:37
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    $\begingroup$ On a side note, that name (Arkadiusz Cieslak) sounds more like Polish, not Ukrainian (without actually knowing; but this kind of digraphs is typical for Polish). $\endgroup$
    – Jan Hudec
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 12:20
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    $\begingroup$ I hope Mr. Cieslak will forgive me ;) $\endgroup$
    – ICL1901
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 13:24
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    $\begingroup$ Looks like you are in trouble. $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 21:12

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The design on the belly of the fighters makes it clear that they are from the Patrouille Suisse, the aerobatic team of Switzerland. They use F-5E.

From the comment in the page you linked (or from the aircraft registration HB-RSC, as suggested by @falstro), instead, we see that the other aircraft is the Breitling (hence the "B") Super Constellation:

The Breitling Super Constellation from the Swiss Super Constellation Flyers Association: It is the last Super Constellation in flying condition in Europe.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks Federico. I could see the Swiss livery when I enlarged the images. My old eyes are sore. David $\endgroup$
    – ICL1901
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 7:41
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    $\begingroup$ Also, I didn't know Constellations were still in use! $\endgroup$
    – ICL1901
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 7:43
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    $\begingroup$ @DavidDelMonte They're not still in use: the plane's essentially a museum piece. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 8:28

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