Red Bull Air Race Flying Experience
The joy and happiness I felt during the recent 20 minutes of aerobatic flying at the Red Bull Air Race 2018, superseded the several hundred hours I have spent flying to over 30 countries in my life so far. So, fasten your seatbelts as you’re about to experience an extraordinary adventure!
I have always been a fan of bigger planes such as Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 over smaller planes. I had believed my anxiety from the turbulence would be greater in a smaller plane. For that reason, I had hardly even flown in a smaller jet such as a Bombardier CRJ Series or an Embrarer. When I decided to attend the Red Bull Air Race Cannes 2018 live, I didn’t plan to actually fly one of those aerobatic planes. My plan was to experience the race while sipping a Pina Colada on a sunny beach in Cannes. Read here why I decided to visit this air race.
Being a fan of Hamilton Watches, I was keeping my eyes peeled to watch their pilots take those aerobatic planes in the sky. To my surprise, they had organised an unexpected lucky draw for all of their visitors supporting Hamilton pilots to win a flight experience. I knew that it was totally out of my comfort zone, but I put my name in the ballot regardless, just for fun! What an awesome surprise to hear that they pulled out my name as 1 of the 3 lucky winners to fly their aerobatic plane with one of the pilots from the air race. Trust me when I say, I was frozen like Elsa when Sylvain Dolla (Hamilton’s CEO) called out my name.
I got dressed in Hamilton’s gear, wearing the lovely Hamilton’s Pilot Day Date for my little date with the pilot and fastened my seatbelt belt by Tartar. A little nervous, but excited at the same time. Once I got on the plane, I went live on Instagram to show my mum that I was actually doing it, cause she wouldn’t have believed me otherwise. Not that I’m a diva when I fly, but people don’t know much about my adventurous soul for trying such thrilling adventures.
Barrel rolls, flying upside down and loop the loops in mid-air were all that I could remember after that. I wanted to live this adventure for life, as it’s such an extraordinary experience when you reach 5G forces in the sky flying at 250mph, similar to the Formula One drivers hit during heavy braking. GoPro camera came in handy to help me share my experience with everyone. So, Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride!
Cover and Photos by: Joerg Mitter and Mihai Stetcu/ RedBull Content Pool
Photo by: Anthony Pecchi/ RedBull Content Pool
Words cannot describe my excitement after enjoying the aerobatic flying experience. For many people this is a dangerous sport, but I can imagine why these pilots love this sport cause it’s such a thrilling adventure. I felt a lot of weight had been lifted off my shoulders after the experience. Perhaps, I felt more confident about myself that I had overcome my fear of flying tiny planes.
Why not witness this extraordinary sport live at Red Bull’s next air race in Budapest on the 23rd to 24th of June, 2018.
You can book your tickets for the next air race here #LaVoyage
See you at other destinations around the world!