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Type rated on A330, B747-400, B747, B757, B767, B737, B727. International Airline Pilot / Author / Speaker. Dedicated to giving the gift of wings to anyone following their dreams. Supporting Aviation Safety through training, writing, and inspiration.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Kirby Chamblis

Friday's Fabulous Flyer

 
Photo compliments of Red Bull.

Red Bull Air Race Superstar World Champion!


This adrenalin junkie, motorcycle riding, skydiving, and once upon a time surfer dude from Arizona holds six career wins and we might say he has more than a passion to fly—It may be close to obsession.   

Photo compliments of Red Bull.

“Chambliss has been flying since age 13. He became the youngest commercial pilot at his U.S. air carrier at 24. By the time he made it to captain at 28 he was already polishing his aerobatic skills, an interest acquired during aerobatic training for his job flying a business jet. Chambliss has won five U.S. National Aerobatic championships. He is married to a fellow pilot. They live on the “Flying Crown Ranch” with their daughter between Tucson and Phoenix – with a hangar and runway in the backyard.” Red Bull Air Races
When asked what he’d do if his daughter wanted to fly aerobatics he said,  “Try to push her gently away from that. But if that’s what she really wanted to do, of course I would be the one to teach her.”


And I got to meet him at Oshkosh. He dazzled the young ladies at Women Soar, and guess what he’s reading? You go Kirby!


Oh, and I asked him how much Red Bull he drank daily? I think he said, ‘6’ cans.  Yes, he’s well fueled for his shows.

For anyone who has never seen a Red Bull Air Race, check out this animated 3D video as Kirby explains the finer points of the race. Is this something you might want to try?



12 G’s! 230 knots max! Meters between wingtips and posts! Amazing.

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

8 comments:

  1. I have seen the Red Bull air races and WOW they are intense. It's hard to picture someone who is so good at that enjoying surfing as well. Now that's diversity, I love it!

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    1. Thanks Heather, and so very true! I suspect the love comes from that of being a total thrill seeker. He's so awesome.

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  2. Fantastic...great inspiration...thanks Kirby, RedBull,and Karlene for kerping us "in the loop" so to speak.

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    1. Ha. Ha. That's pretty funny. You are so welcome. Now go drink your Red Bull and have a great weekend!

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  3. I sure hope this reply works... Kirby is an airshow unto himself; I've seen him fly twice - and I don't doubt his claim of "6 cans." (With two, I'd be stuck to the ceiling and ALL of the chores would be done, twice.) Kirby may well be that Type-A, but when one knows his business and pays attention, constantly, that's just fine. And please - your A330 just does not fly that way; don't even dream about it!
    All that aside, you could make a viable blog of just grand-kid pix. All are so perfectly cute and grandma hasa a perfect eye with her camera. All enjoyed, Karleen and thank you. -C.

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    1. Okay...
      1. No flying the A330 like Kirby. Roger.
      2. No drinking 6 cans of red bull for me, or I might fly Airbus like Kirby.
      3. Great idea on the family blog! I'm on it!

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  4. Kirby is a class act! Thanks for this insight. He one of my favorites. I hope they bring back the races, seemed like they were well done and certainly well received. Must be the economy that put them on a hiatus.

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    1. He is for sure! I wonder if there had been an accident? Not sure. This is amazing to watch. But we get to see him at the airshows, so that's great. He's a very wonderful man.

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