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Old Oct 30, 2009, 12:41 PM
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Is San Francisco the only place in the USA we can see them? 2010 calendar hasn't been posted yet, not sure if every year they have them in San Fran also. Would be sick to see it on the East coast.
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Old Oct 30, 2009, 12:41 PM
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Old Oct 30, 2009, 12:47 PM
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Detroit/Windsor


Yes and Detroit, thanks theKM.
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Old Oct 30, 2009, 12:50 PM
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Has anyone here been to one?
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Old Oct 30, 2009, 12:52 PM
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Has anyone here been to one?
yup. Detroit/Windsor last year. It's astounding. It's the most awesomely presented "package" for the general public to consume that aviation has... it's all right there, down on the deck, and cooler than words can describe


...it's all so staged for mass appeal. it's great. The planes are flying circles off in the distance waiting to enter the course, you can hear the heavily pitched and fast running engines. The voice-over comes on to say "XXX you're clear to enter the course, smoke on"... plane comes down the line, turns his smoke on, and hits the course. When he's spent his load they typically pull vertical and do whatever aerobatics nonsense on the way up and exiting the course. They try to build the drama of the times and the racing between the pilots, but... it's just the ducks nuts, it really is.

The planes aren't set up for pure aerobatics, but it sure as heck makes you want one. I want the racing wingtips most of all. One of these days...
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Old Oct 30, 2009, 12:54 PM
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yup. Detroit/Windsor last year. It's astounding. It's the most awesomely presented "package" for the public to consume that aviation has... it's all right there, down on the deck, and cooler than words can describe
Very cool!! I'm signing up to be email when tickets are available. I've wanted to go for awhile now. This year hopefully I can.
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Old Oct 30, 2009, 12:56 PM
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yup. Detroit/Windsor last year. It's astounding. It's the most awesomely presented "package" for the general public to consume that aviation has... it's all right there, down on the deck, and cooler than words can describe
There is also generally an event in San Diego if my memory serves. Red Bull has done a great job of making this event spectator friendly, which is very different from most aviation events. Competitions are somewhat boring (until the 4-minute freestyle that is), and airshows can seem a bit repetitive. This is fast paced action with a goal and competitive nature. Very cool...

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There is also generally an event in San Diego if my memory serves. Red Bull has done a great job of making this event spectator friendly, which is very different from most aviation events. Competitions are somewhat boring (until the 4-minute freestyle that is), and airshows can seem a bit repetitive. This is fast paced action with a goal and competitive nature. Very cool...

Scott
yup, agreed.

Will see what rocket racing will do, but RedBull is it if you want something right in front of you for your viewing pleasure... and Detroit/Windsor is good for this too because the course doubles up on itself so there's nothing you're missing. Most of the ones over water you can see it all, but this one is half the box it seems.
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Old Oct 30, 2009, 01:05 PM
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There is also generally an event in San Diego if my memory serves. Red Bull has done a great job of making this event spectator friendly, which is very different from most aviation events. Competitions are somewhat boring (until the 4-minute freestyle that is), and airshows can seem a bit repetitive. This is fast paced action with a goal and competitive nature. Very cool...

Scott

When are we gonna see you up there Scott??
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can't wait for next year....repeats of Porto are being replayed on Fox Sports Channels
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Old Oct 30, 2009, 01:10 PM
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yup, agreed.

Will see what rocket racing will do, but RedBull is it if you want something right in front of you for your viewing pleasure... and Detroit/Windsor is good for this too because the course doubles up on itself so there's nothing you're missing. Most of the ones over water you can see it all, but this one is half the box it seems.
Wow sounds like a must do on my list. Seeing it on tv is one thing but being there must be a whole different feel, I'm going.

here is the layout for Detroit
Red Bull Air Race Detroit TRACK INTRODUCTION (2 min 0 sec)
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Old Oct 30, 2009, 01:20 PM
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When are we gonna see you up there Scott??
In a Sukhoi? I could hold last place... Way too slow for that. Besides, have you seen the pilot requirements to qualify? I'm not even close to that level. If only...

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Pilot requirements?

They got some 20 something year old racin with them..

How would he qualify if you don't..?

At least you fit inside one of those planes..I guess I could just set up on top with a pair of reigns or sumpthin'!..
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Pilot requirements?

They got some 20 something year old racin with them..

How would he qualify if you don't..?

At least you fit inside one of those planes..I guess I could just set up on top with a pair of reigns or sumpthin'!..
Ha! Nice visual...

Something about being a national champion or something.... Maybe someday once I get my kids raised.
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Been to the San Diego one, because, well, it's hwere I live

They race at:

-Detroit/Windsor
-Abu Dhabi
-Barcelona
-Budapest
-Perth
-Porto
-London

It's a worldwide race, originating from Abu Dhabi. Pilots from all over too, the youngest being Pete McLeod out of Canada. This years winner was Paul Bonhomme with 67 points

And yes, RBAR is something I follow closely
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