If you’ve got a spare stunt plane lying around and you’re not sure what to do with it, check out the Red Bull Air Race series. Designed to test the limits of both pilot and plane, the race puts some of the best pilots in the world against each other based on speed, precision and skill.
The objective is to navigate a challenging race course in the sky, in the fastest possible time. Flying individually against the clock, the pilots have to execute tight turns through a slalom course consisting of specially designed pylons, known as ‘Air Gates’.
The Air Race is not just about speed – precision is crucial to success because any mistakes incur penalty points which are then added to the pilot’s time. Flying low to the ground at speeds that can reach over 400kph, while attempting difficult turning maneuvers, requires immense skill that only a certain number of pilots in the world possess. That is why the pilots are hand selected based upon their expertise and experience. These pilots are at the top of their game. They have to be – the Air Race exerts huge demands on their flying abilities and they have to withstand forces of up to 10G. There is no room for error.
Crazy doesn’t begin to describe the mentality of one of these pilots, but if you still need some convincing, check out the video: