Air Race [II]
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|Redbull Airrace World Series / İstanbul|
Pilot : Klaus Schrodt
Klaus Schrodt is a man of many talents. Not only is he a top pilot (he is 5-times German Aerobatic Champion and 2005 Freestyle World Aerobatic Champion), but he has also been a successful yachtsman. He started flying at the young age of 14, in single seated gliders, and his love for flying was so great that he would travel 30 kilometres each day to clean aircraft hangars in exchange for 10 minutes of free flying lessons. But at that age his major ambition was to sail and in 1972 he embarked on his first solo trip across the Atlantic, a mentally and physically demanding journey which took 5 weeks to complete. He subsequently went on to do two further solo Atlantic crossings.
At the age of 19, Schrodt began working for a German airline as a pilot where he was swiftly promoted to captain. He worked for the airline until 2002, taking early retirement so he could focus on aerobatic flying.
A large part of his twenties was dedicated to sailing. He bought his own boat and competed in numerous transatlantic regattas, but realising he didn’t have enough time to put 100% into both disciplines, he decided to focus on flying which led to a successful competitive career in the sport. He’s clocked up more than 23,000 hours of flying time and flown over 100 different types of aircraft.
He’s had his fair share of danger and adventure in his life. Whilst working for the German airline, he often flew the Airbus to Africa, mainly to Zaire where he took advantage of the layovers to do some work for ‘Transports Aeriens Zairoise’, flying to diamond mines in an old DC-3. When rioting and unrest hit the Congo in the early 1990s he flew paratroopers in to the conflict areas. He later flew the last Europeans out and when his DC-3 took off there was shooting all around him.
Schrodt has won many prestigious flying titles, but rates his victories in the 2002 World Grand Prix of Aerobatics and FAI World Grand Prix in 2005 as his finest achievements in the sport.
In the 2005 Red Bull Air Race World Series, he achieved a respectable 4th place but with his focused, precise style of flying he has a good chance of improving this position in 2006.
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Seneye saçlarımı bunlara traş ettircem.
nice action shot with grat POV.
Congratulations and TFS