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How to pull a Vertical Turning Manoeuvre in the Red Bull Air Race


How to pull a Vertical Turning Manoeuvre in the Red Bull Air Race

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We’ve all heard about the Vertical Turning Manoeuvre, or VTM as it’s more commonly known, but what exactly is it and what constitutes a perfect performance? Three-time World Champion Paul Bonhomme gives the lowdown on this tricky manoeuvre, and why it can win or lose a pilot the race…

About: The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best pilots in a motorsports competition based on speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes, Red Bull Air Race pilots navigate a low-level aerial race track made up of air filled pylons, flying at speeds reaching 230mph while withstanding forces of up to 10g. The objective is to complete the course, navigating the 65 feet high specially designed inflatable pylons known as Air Gates in the fastest possible time. Red Bull Air Race pilots must pass between the Air Gates in the correct position taking care not to touch them with their wings. The pilots compete for points at each Red Bull Air Race and the one who accumulates the most at the end of the season is crowned Red Bull Air Race World Champion.

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  1. Mário Avião

    August 2, 2018 at 9:27 am


  2. MVPSander

    August 2, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Flying at 370 km/h and you have to pull it within 3 meters… Why not?

  3. Cadet

    August 2, 2018 at 11:26 am

    12g is insanity

  4. Bob Lamb

    August 2, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    I'm not a pilot but I'm a big fan of flight simulators (and Red Bull Air Races). When I saw bogeys on my radar that were far enough behind me I'd use what you call a vertical turn to engage them head on. (That's the downside of simulators, they make for fearless pilots.) I friend saw me doing this and told me it was called an "Immelmann Turn" after a German World War I pilot who "invented" it.

  5. Capta Praelium

    August 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Hall flying it like a fighter for some reason or other 😉

  6. TheAstronomyDude

    August 3, 2018 at 1:16 am

    You should add an inverted portion; flying between two gates while inverted, for example. And a knife's edge gate!

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