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Red Bull Air Force
The Red Bull Air Force is a team assembled from the most accomplished and experienced skydivers, BASE jumpers, wingsuit fliers, and paraglider pilots on the planet. With gold medals in virtually every discipline and numerous world records to their credit, the team members combine for over 100,000 skydives and 6,000 BASE jumps. Throughout the year they perform more than 60 demos including air shows, NFL games, and NASCAR and motocross races, as well as skydiving, BASE jumping, and paragliding competitions in the U.S. and abroad. On screen, their expertise is in demand from Bollywood to Hollywood. These all-out wild men have kayaked out of airplanes, ski BASE jumped off a 30-story casino, and developed a form of “freeflying” that allows the skydiver to reach speeds of nearly 340 miles an hour. No wonder they’ve been mistaken for UFOs!
Learn more about Red Bull Air Force at their website.
Powered paragliding, also known as paramotoring, is a form of aviation where the pilot wears a motor on his back, a paramotor, which provides thrust to take off using a paraglider. It can be launched in still air, and on level ground, by the pilot alone.
Powered paragliders usually fly between 15 and 45 mph at altitudes from foot-dragging in the grass up to 18,000 ft although most flying is done under 500 ft.
The paramotor, weighing about 65lbs, is supported by the pilot during takeoff. After a brief run the wing lifts the motor and its harnessed pilot off the ground. After takeoff, the pilot gets into the seat and sits suspended beneath the inflated paraglider. Control is available using brake toggles for roll and a hand-held throttle for pitch.
The Red Bull Air Force Pilots Chris Santacroce and Othar Lawrence specialize in aerobatic paragliding and they will be performing such maneuvers as loops, spirals, and barrel rolls.