While he appreciated our coverage following SUN ‘n FUN of the first-ever Red Bull Air Race demo at a fly-in, Jeff Lee of LiveAirShowTV says he’s got something better: The official video that was shown on the Jumbotrons at the airshow. Check it out here to see Kirby Chambliss and Michael Goulian race through the air gates at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport. [Read more…]
Germany’s Matthias Dolderer beat the elements, the obstacles and 13 of the world’s best pilots to become the first German ever to win a Red Bull Air Race at the second stop of the 2016 season in Spielberg, Austria.
Despite gusts nearing 25 knots, Dolderer made the notoriously tricky track in Spielberg look easy and clocked a winning time of 56.996, with the crowd going wild for Austria’s own Hannes Arch less than four-tenths of a second behind him in in second place. The 2014 World Champion Nigel Lamb finished a strong third. [Read more…]
SPIELBERG, Austria — The second stop of the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship marked a literal high point: At 677 meters above sea level, the famed Red Bull Ring claims the top elevation of the eight-race season.
Ahead of training at the state-of-the-art Formula One track, home-country hero Hannes Arch took Czech pilots Martin Šonka and Petr Kopfstein even higher with a personal tour of the mountains he calls home.
An added thrill: Joining the flight was the historic Chance Vought F4U-4 “Corsair” aircraft — one of only about 15 Corsairs left in the world — that’s part of the vintage fleet curated by The Flying Bulls organization at the Hangar-7 aircraft museum in Salzburg. [Read more…]
The season kickoff of the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship turned expectations upside down, including the favorite finishing ninth and the bottom-ranked pilot earning his first-ever podium.
In the first race of the season, held March 11-12 in Abu Dhabi, Nicolas Ivanoff’s time of 58.550 was barely a tenth of a second faster than Matthias Dolderer of Germany in second place (58.660).
François Le Vot of France, who is beginning only his second season and was ranked 14th, captured his first career podium with 1:02.281 for third place. [Read more…]
“These are some of the best pilots in the world and it’s a pleasure to watch them fly here in Abu Dhabi,” said FAI President Dr. John Grubstrom. “We are very happy to be here, helping ensure Red Bull Air Race run a safe and fair competition.” [Read more…]
Hartzell will provide its three-blade structural composite propeller known as “The Claw,” carbon fiber composite spinners, and lightweight governors to every Red Bull Air Race team. [Read more…]
The 2016 Red Bull Air Race Challenger Cup will have three new contenders in the eight-pilot field, including Mélanie Astles, a five-time French aerobatic champion who has earned top 10 rankings at World and European levels. She is the first woman to compete in the sport.
Astles will compete against fellow debutants UK’s Ben Murphy and U.S.’s Kevin Coleman. [Read more…]