Air Race started from Budapest and naturally this year again the show is here in the capital of Hungary again. Today the qualification has been on over the Danube right in the middle of the city, among thousands of spectators. Hungarian fans are enthusiastic, they are proud of their great stunt flier world champion, Peter Besenyei, who actually invented this race. Here is my personal summary of the qualification from Budapest. You can view all my pictures here.
As we could get used to it during the days, the air race is not just about those stunt fliers and the race itself, it is always a kind of a celebration of flying. During today’s qualification we could see the following shows:
- a motorized glider flying through pulling a 300 m long plastic bandin the three colors of the Hungarian flag: red, white and green. It circled around the scene a little bit threatening the crowd of stumbling into its own “dragon tail”. It was really fantastic.
- a stunt flying show performed by one of the former air race team members.
- the most spectacular performance was the synchronized stunt flying of the Breitling Jet Team with 6 albatros fighter planes maneuvering in perfect harmony and extreme precision.
- after the first qualification series the next big thing was a B-25, a US World War II aircraft, which is very rare nowadays, so it was a special occasion we could see such a plane over Budapest.
- unfortunately I missed a special plane, a Corsair F4U, again a World War II aircraft manufactured originally in the US.
The result of the qualification is:
1st: Paul Bonhomme
2nd: Hannes Arch
3rd: Peter Besenyei (well done, Peter!)
The only special event during the qualification was when Alejandro hit one of the balloons that had to be rebuilt. See special pictures of the reconstruction below.
Read more about the qualification here.
Photos: Szafi, Red Bull Air Race official website