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    Default Redbull Air Race - Perth AU

    Having just got back from a trip to Perth I visited the Red Bull Air Race. We only had time to visit on the Saturday 3rd Nov, so were able to watch the qualifiying sessions and a mini airshow in between. Held on the two shores of the Swan River the main viewing area for the race is on the southern shore overlooking the city. On the north shore Langley Park was used as the Redbull airport for the event. As we were staying on the north shore in the excellent YHA, we started the day with a free pit walk session to view the Planes and Pilots! It was all well organised if a little pushed for time. There was lots of support for Nigel, Paul and Steve from the British contingent!. Leaving the 'airport' we headed down to the ferry terminal to catch a trip over to the south shore. It soon became apparent that a huge queue was going to make it difficult to get across in time, so we elected to stay on the
    North shore. Finding a sheltered spot under a tree with the sun behind us (it would have been in front of us on the south shore!) we settled down to watch the events. One by one the guys came out for there qualifying - it was quite spectacular watching the time trials even from the distance, and we also had good commentary and a large screen to view to keep in contact with the proceedings. All good stuff. But for me the best bit was when the aircraft came back to the airport - flying very low over the marine drive in front of the Perth buildings - and then right over your head - low enough to sometimes get propwash!. There were plenty of viewing opportunities around the airport and not too many people were around this area! After a somewhat subdued performance from 4 or 5 of the RAAF Roulettes (without any smoke - but in what seemed like difficult blusterly conditions), a parachute drop, an aerobatic demonstration, an unlikely but entertaining duo of a T6 and Christen Eagle , and an energetic trio of Nanchangs, we were off back to the airport for our trip back to Melbourne! Would I go to a RedBull air race again? - Yep a grand day out!

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    No, not envious in the slightest, not a bit,a smidge or a tad!!

    Okay then - green with envy!!! lol

    I kept trying to make it to the ones that they had in the UK but something always cropped up to get in the way! I will make it one day!

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    Hi D - Yes I will definatly check out the UK one on our return - its good fun and exciting!

    they got very close to the water

    (quick admin question!) I uploaded a few more pics but while editing the post I somehow lost the post and the attachment pics. tried to upload them again but the system said they were still there - but could not find them anywhere? help! - any idea where I can retrieve them to attach them to the post?

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    Do you know the file names?

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    I watched the London one on the tele, it's amazing the speed they fly at such a low altitude & the g's they pull Must have been awsome to watch in the flesh

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    D- I have a list at home of the ones I uploaded - I will let you have them tonight when I get home. Cheers!

    Madgunner - yep they were pulling just over 7 g at various times through the course. Apparently while at Monument Valley in USA the air was particularly hot and dry - and therefore thin! - one guy missed the ground during a hiG pull up by 860mm! - brown trouser moment! - I thought they were all done over water!

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    I've looked in the uploader folder and I can't see anything there, and they don't seem to be attached to your post.

    Best thing I'd say is just rename them and upload them again.

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    Ok folks!- finally got round to uploading a few more pics!

    Hope you like!

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    Wow!! Fantastic pic's matey I love the air race I missed out going to the London meet but watched it on tele Looked a cracking day
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    I watch it on the tv when I can catch it, live it must be awesome, the pilots are flippin craaazy ....

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