Air Race; Red Bull Air Race
Is There a Pilot on the Plane? Red Bull has turned the ordinary air show into the most attractive motor race on the planet to whoosh under London’s fairly low Millennium Bridge at a speed of over 360 km/h is not something that would earn you a reward for common sense. Especially if you do so in a small, propeller plane – upside down.
On the other hand, this kind of behaviour definitely attracts public attention. it is, therefore, no wonder that the latest starts of the Red Bull Air Race World Series – actually the world championship in aerobatics – are attracting more than one million viewers. Many even think that quite soon this very young competition (launched in 2003) will top Formula 1 as the planet’s most popular motor race.
Of course, air competitions are nothing new. the first official air race was the Prix de Lagatinerie, held way back in May 1909, just five years after the famous flight of the Wright brothers. At the time the four participants had to cover 1.2 km each in their primitive biplanes. Later, with the development of technology, the scenario was greatly enhanced. in the 1990s the air race had already become a breathtaking spectacle.