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Saturday, March 1, 2008
Crewing For Red Bull, Down Under
Race pilots fly an awe-inspiring competition, but they can’t do it alone
At the closing ceremonies of each Red Bull Air Race, there’s always a jubilant atmosphere. Pilots douse each other in champagne, confetti fills the air, everyone cheers and countless autographs are signed. The racers have worked hard and deserve such a moment. But away from the fanfare, crew members have just as much reason to celebrate. Mechanics, ferry pilots and managers have given their all to help the pilots succeed and have also earned the right to be proud. “Our pilots represent us,” says Lance Winter, mechanic for the 2006 series winner, Kirby Chambliss. “If they do well, we have done well.”
Jessica Ambats, Photography by Jessica Ambats
Day In The Life
We trailed Jason Resop, Crew Chief for Kirby Chambliss, to see what a typical race day entails for a crew member.
0800: Report to the Temporary Runway; begin prepping the airplane
1430: Assist with media interviews and demo flights
0930: Pilot briefing with Red Bull Air Race officials