The Red Bull Air Force is a 12-man team assembled from the most accomplished and experienced skydivers, B.A.S.E. jumpers and paragliders on the planet. Need proof? Let’s do a little math. This team has over 130,000 skydives and 5000 B.A.S.E. jumps. That’s the equivalent of just over 90 days spent flying.
They keep it fresh by continuously pushing the limits of what is thought possible; kayaking out of airplanes, skiing off 30-story buildings and flying their parachutes down mountains at over 60-miles-per-hour.
What you will see today that seperates the Red Bull Air Force from all other parachute demo teams is the high speed parachutes they fly. These canopies are so small, fast and responsive that their use is limited to the best pilots in the world. Their final turn before they touch the ground is called a hook turn and will help them generate as much speed as possible, reaching close to 60-miles-per-hour before they plane out while dragging their feet on the ground. This is unlike anything you have ever seen in skydiving.
Through missions and demonstrations, the Red Bull Air Force push the limits across three primary disciplines of air sports:
Skydiving is the sport of jumping out of aircraft at high altitude, free falling and then deploying a parachute. The Red Bull Air Force skydivers are pioneers of a discipline called “Free Flying” which allows freedom of movement, or flying in a 3D space. Free flying is not limited to flying on your belly, but rather flying in every position imaginable.
B.A.S.E. Jumping is the sport of jumping from fixed objects using specialized canopy gear similar to skydiving. “B.A.S.E.” is an acronym representing the types of objects jumpers leap from: Building, Antenna (or mast), Span (bridge), and Earth (cliff).
Paragliding is the sport hybrid of hang gliding and parachuting that utilizes a free-flying, ram-air inflated wing. Paragliders are typically launched off cliffs, but can also be dropped from helicopters or ultralight aircrafts, and towed aloft by a ground vehicle or boat. Paragliders are very aerobatic and can perform tricks such as loops, barrel rolls, tumbles, spins and helicopters.