In a first for the Sun ‘n Fun show, two Red Bull air-race pilots flew a demo today, complete with two of the race’s signature 80-foot-tall inflated pylons, to give the crowds a taste of what the races are like. Pilots Michael Goulian and Kirby Chambliss, both longtime competitors in the global races, flew at top speed around the course, as announcers explained to the crowds how the races operate, with regard to scoring, rules and timing. The demo was the first ever at a U.S. airshow.
“We are excited to be a part of Sun ‘n Fun for the first time,” said Erich Wolf, general manager of the air races. “We have a fast-growing fan base in the U.S. and our American pilots will certainly showcase our world championship series at its best.” Sun ‘n Fun visitors can also visit a Red Bull exhibit on site, with a full-scale pylon, virtual reality simulators, merchandise, and ticket sales for this year’s two U.S. races — October 1-2 in Indianapolis and October 15-16 in Las Vegas. Goulian and Chambliss will fly again in the afternoon show on Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting.