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The "Red Bull Air Race World Series"

by John M. White |

The "Red Bull Air Race World Series" features the world's best pilots in an air race competition based upon speed, precision and skill.  Using only the fastest, lightweight and most agile aircraft each pilot must navigate an aerial race track marked with air-filled pylons (this is a good thing, as you will see later!).  The aircraft reach speeds upwards of 230 mph while the pilots must endure g-forces in excess of 10 gs!

In 2008 the races will take place in the following cities:

  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates    
  • San Diego, CA    
  • Detroit, MI    
  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands    
  • London, England    
  • Budapest, Hungary    
  • Porto, Portugal    
  • Spain (location to be announced)    
  • Perth, Australia

Each Red Bull Air Race is unique whether in the heart of a city or over the open countryside, the race occurs in spectacular backdrops with jaw-dropping action guaranteeing spectators will see one of the most innovative and exciting air races anywhere in the world today!

This is the fourth year for this race series and consists of the following flying sessions:

  • Training    
  • Qualifying    
  • Point One    
  • Super Eights    
  • Semi Finals    
  • 3rd Place Flyoff    
  • Finals

Pilots fly a maximum of three flights per day to avoid fatigue but still giving spectators a chance to see every pilot during race day.  Qualifying takes place the day before the race.  Each pilot competes in two qualifying sessions and the best result determines the lineup for race day where the slowest pilot flies first.  Red Bull Air Race Aircraft Hits Pylon

The last four pilots in qualifying go through the "Point One" session to win one crucial World Series point and an overall 9th place position for the race.  The fastest 8 pilots in qualifying advance to the "Super Eights" to compete for a place in the Semi Finals.


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