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China flies high in the newly formed aerobatic team

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XtremeAir XA42

Six South African Pilots have been selected to fly in the newly formed Red Bull Aerobatic Team of China. The team, started by Chinese entrepreneur Zhao Wei, is flying four brand new XtremeAir XA42 aerobatic aircrafts, showing the Red Bull China colors. The team will be performing at the international air show circuit, starting in Shenyang, the capital and largest city of the Liaoning Province in China and the place where they are currently based.  


Training for Faku Air Show

Training for Faku Air Show


Mark Hensman, became SA Aerobatic Champion in 2006 and 2009, as well as Silver medalist for the South African team in 2008 and 2010 at the Advanced World Aerobatic Championships. As the leader of the team, he said "we're very excited to be part of this newly formed team. Our team of seven pilots, 1 from China and 6 from South Africa, who are highly skilled and accomplished formation aerobatic pilots, will not only be representing Red Bull China but also be proud ambassadors of South Africa".



In addition to the launch of this team, local South African film maker, Hilton Mundy, will be filming a documentary, following the South African pilots as they form their team and fly these high performance aerobatic aircrafts. A dedicated website, www.artofformation.com, has been built for the film, which includes full pilot bios and a sneak preview video of the launch of the team. Hilton was quoted saying "this is a great opportunity to showcase some of South Africa's top aerobatic pilots in a film that will focus on the skills, commitment, discipline and adrenalin that these pilots undergo each time they strap themselves into the aircraft. It's going to be a high G force experience”.


The aerobatic team

Short Final TV makes a documentary about newly formed team

titled The Art of Formation





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