The Red Bull Air Race

As you may know, I love planes. And I also love motor racing. So what could be better than an aeroplane race?

Not much, in my book!

IMG_0804The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is a series of races the take place at venues around the world. The concept is pretty simple. Flying against the clock, the pilots navigate a slalom course between giant inflatable cones called Air Gates, making a pre-defined series of turns and rolls along the way.

IMG_0805At each race, a number of knockout rounds take place against the clock, with the race winner being the fastest of the Final Four. The pilot that accumulates the most points over the season is declared the World Champion.

IMG_0811 IMG_0816I’d been wanting to see a Red Bull Air Race for years. Ever since I first saw one on TV, in fact. And I finally got the chance when the series visited Detroit in 2010.

IMG_0825 IMG_0832 IMG_0834It was amazing to watch these incredibly-skilled pilots throwing their aircraft all over the sky above the Detroit River. I kept thinking, There’s no way they’re going to make it, as they converged on an Air Gate, upside-down, travelling at a ridiculous speed. But they always did, of course.

IMG_0837 IMG_0839 IMG_0844Even as a spectator, the whole event was absolutely breathtaking. I can’t even begin to imagine what it was like for the pilots!

IMG_0850 IMG_0855 IMG_0859The bottom line is, if you love airplanes like me, and you get a chance, don’t pass up an opportunity to attend a Red Bull Air Race. I guarantee you’ll be blown away!

IMG_0863 IMG_0868This post was inspired by the themes Converge from Ben (of The Daily Post) and Above from Ailsa (of Where’s My Backpack?).

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14 Responses to The Red Bull Air Race

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  3. goannasnake says:

    Wow. That would have been impressive to watch.

  4. Incredible photos to capture the action – this is something we would like to see with our own eyes but until then, what you have shared has given us the taster 🙂

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  6. quarksire says:

    u musta had a really Kewl time awesome shots jaspa 🙂 ENJOY! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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