Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service
Pro skydivers try high-G flying for first time at Red Bull Air Race Porto.
They’ve jumped off planes and buildings all around the globe. They’ve soared over a heart-shaped island above Croatia and joined meteors in the Spanish sky. They’ve swung from a hot-air balloon some 1,500m above the ground.
But Red Bull Skydive Team members Marco Waltenspiel and Marco Fürst have just discovered yet another aerial sensation ahead of their skydiving displays at this weekend’s Red Bull Air Race in Porto, Portugal – high-G flying.
Experienced when the plane is subject to high levels of acceleration, high-G flying has a strong impact on the body. And despite their impressive flying resume, Waltenspiel and Fürst had never experienced it.
They’d never been in an aerobatic plane… let alone the small Extra 330LX two-seater that World Championship’s Flight Operations Manager Dario Costa took them up in.
“For my kind of flying I want to get OUT of the plane,” laughs Waltenspiel. “Our team has jumped at a few Red Bull Air Races before and that’s why I’m nervous and excited at the same time, because I’ve seen what these planes can do! It’s going to be bam, bam, bam – really hard turns.”
“I was nervous before the flight because I didn’t know how fast it would pull, but once we were through the first pylon, I was like, ‘Oh yeah! Oh yeah!’ and we went for more,” he laughs once back on his feet. “If we’d had more fuel, I’d want to still be up there flying now.”
“People who fly wingsuits are called wingsuit pilots, but I’m not a proper plane pilot,” adds Fürst, who now wants to “wake up by getting some Gs instead of coffee.”