Air Race rookie Costa cruises over canals in spectacular Venice flyover

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Italian passes over iconic landmarks like the Grand Canal and St. Mark’s Square.

Red Bull Air Race pilot Dario Costa treated the residents and tourists enjoying the summer sun in Venice with a spectacular flyover ahead of the next race in Russia. Here is all you need to know:

– Rookie Costa is the first Italian in Air Race history, who currently lies fifth in the second-tier Challenger Class standings after four rounds of this year’s World Series.

– For this memorable stunt, the 38-year-old took to the skies above his native Italy in the Edge 540 V2 raceplane that earned him fourth in the Abu Dhabi season opener.

– Once he was up in the air, Costa navigated his way over iconic Venetian landmarks such as the Grand Canal and the Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square).

– Air Race photographer Joerg Mitter captured his flight in a nearby helicopter with Costa revelling in his golden chance to fly above the magnificent city.

– He revealed: “To my knowledge, this is the first air-to-air photoshoot ever done over this beautiful and unique city, and to have the honour of flying it as a home pilot was something I will always remember.”

– Costa became Italy’s youngest professional aerobatic instructor in 2010 and was named to the elite Flying Bulls team, piloting aerobatic display flights, in 2017.

Remaining Red Bull Air Race 2018 Calendar:

August 25-26: Kazan, Russia
September 15-16: Wiener Neustadt, Austria
October 6-7: Indianapolis, USA
November 17-18: Fort Worth, USA

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