Kirby Chambliss Lands Airplane on the Las Vegas Strip
What’s a trip to Vegas without a stop at the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign? Red Bull Air Race pilot Kirby Chambliss put his own spin on the tradition by landing his Edge 540 race plane directly on the Las Vegas strip at the iconic sign. Chambliss then took off from Las Vegas Blvd. in spectacular fashion, ripping his plane into the air and trailing smoke behind him.
Chambliss performed the feat ahead of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which is headed to the U.S. to finish out its eight race series. The final stop will take place in Las Vegas on October 17-18 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where the Series Champion will be crowned. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes, pilots navigate a low-level aerial track made up of air-filled pylons 80 feet high at speeds of up to 230 mph.