We got to experience the thrills of air racing with some of the most talented pilots in the world ahead of the Air Race 1 World Cup next month
SUNSPORT’s Sunni Upal experienced the thrill of flying in an air racing plane.
Some of the most skilled pilots in the world will compete at the Air Race 1 World Cup in Thailand in November.
Here’s what happened when we joined them for the day.
When it comes to flying, the height of my bravery is probably undoing my seatbelt before we’ve reached the stand.
So when the opportunity to go flying in a Formula One air racing plane came up, my heart rate increased just at the thought (really, my Fitbit told me so).
It was a nervous drive up the M11 to Little Grandson Airfield a short distance from Cambridge, and my anxiety grew even more once I arrived.
“These little airplanes are quite twitchy,” said Trevor Jarvis, a commercial and former RAF pilot who will race in Thailand next month.
“You’ll feel every bump and the turbulence, you’re jolted around in such a lightweight plane.”
Jarvis, a 58-year-old veteran in the cockpit, prepared to fly his aircraft by strolling around the place like it was just another day in the office.
How do these pilots bring themselves to race aircrafts? Are they not afraid for their lives?
Yves Clarke, who will fly in his first Air Race World Cup this year, began air racing only after he had a crash.
Clarke cracked his back, broke multiple ribs and suffered a collapsed lung after a crash in a paragliding competition in France 20 years ago.
He explained: “Paragliding is not really proper flying. I didn’t have any money but I had to fly and that was the only way I could do it.