Bernd van Doornick had some 22,000 total flying hours and is credited with more than 5,000 people rescued. September 1, 2007 marked his last flight at an air show, Bernd van Doornick showing the crowd gathered at Bex (Switzerland) what an Aerospatiale SA 315B Lama can do. The Lama holds to this day the absolute altitude record for all types of helicopters since 1972: 12,442 m. Quite an impressive helicopter, and with a skilled man at the controls this helo can do impressive stuff.

SA 315B Lama extreme flying

Robert A. “Bob” Hoover (born 1922) is a former air show pilot and United States Air Force test pilot. His personal trademark is a wide-brimmed straw hat and wide smile.Bob Hoover is best known for his air show career, which started when he was hired to demonstrate the capabilities of Aero Commander’s Shrike Commander, a twin-engined piston business aircraft which had developed a rather staid reputation due to its bulky shape. Hoover showed the strength of the plane as he put the aircraft through rolls, loops, and other maneuvers which most people wouldn’t associate with executive aircraft. As a grand finale, he shut down both engines and executed a loop and an eight-point hesitation slow roll as he headed back to the runway. He touched down on one tire, then the other, before landing. After pulling off the runway, he would start engines to taxi back to the parking area. On airfields with large enough parking ramps (such as the Reno Stead Airport where the Reno Air Races take place), Hoover would sometimes land directly on the ramp and coast all the way back to his parking spot in front of the grandstand without re-starting the engines.

A few years after starting the show, he began carrying passengers during the show — after all, he reasoned, the Shrike Commander carries six passengers in comfort (though perhaps not as much comfort when upside down.) These passengers became known as “Hoover’s Heavers” due to the number who became airsick during the maneuvers.

With the advent of camcorders, Hoover added a flourish to the act by pouring a cup of tea from a Thermos, while performing a slow barrel roll (a 1G maneuver). Video of this has been widely distributed, to the pleasure of Aero Commander enthusiasts.

Bob Hoover stopped engine aerobatics

The German built MBB Bo-105 is probably one of the coolest helicopters ever built and quite probably one of the most maneuverable helicopters in the world. Red Bull uses a Bo-105 at airshows as an aerobatic demonstrator performing maneuvers that are generally reserved to aerobatic aircraft. Check out the Bo-105 as it performs a series of loops, rolls, and many more. Enjoy this great video!

Red Bull aerobatics

Blue Eagles

The Blue Eagles is a British professional helicopter aerobatic team. Formed nearly 40 years ago, the Blue Eagles team is also famous for including the first British female military air display pilot: Sgt Julie Wiles. They fly four Gazelle light helicopters and one Westland Lynx. The Blue Eagles team is composed entirely of volunteers. The team continues to fly out of Middle Wallop and its repertoire includes formation flying, loops, rolls, breaks, and many other standard aerobatic maneuvers. Watch them “work their magic” in this amazing video, soundtrack is Queen – A kind of magic…

Blue Eagles

RC indoor aerobatics

It always amazes me to see what this pilots can do with their small radio controlled planes. This is just another example of having a great time with a scale model. Guess you really need some skills to perform this type of aerobatics.

RC indoor aerobatics

Check out this amazing little RC aircraft and the crazy things it can do. It looks as if the controller uses his airplane to challenge the laws of physics. Anyway great performance and great skills. This has to be one of the best RC videos out there.

Insane indoor aerobatics

Sensations

The Patrouille Acrobatique de France commonly referred to as Patrouille de France and sometimes abbreviated as PAF, is the precision aerobatic demonstration team of the French Air Force. Pilots fly the Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alpha Jet since 1981. Jump inside the cockpit of the Patrouille de France pilots for an amazing ride. Feel what they feel as they fly in close formation with precision and elegance. Sensations…

Sensations

FAI World Grand Prix

The Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) started a project a few years ago. The FAI World Grand Prix Project aims at :

* developing and popularising Air Sports as an image of precision and accuracy, technical performance, individual achievement and team spirit.
* offering a testing bench and a practice field for advanced technologies.
* arousing vocations for aeronautical careers by attracting young people to dynamic and spectacular events.

Great portraits of Svetlana Kapanina, Peter Besenyei and The Matadors at the FAI World Grand Prix held in 2002 in Japan.

FAI World Grand Prix

MiG-29 OVT at MAKS 2005

The MiG-29 OVT is a development of the Russian built MiG-29 Fulcrum family of aircraft. Built as a test bed for the RD-133 thrust-vectoring engines, the MiG-29 OVT, also referred to as the Fulcrum-F has been flying for some years now. This technology demonstrator features new fly-by-wire but the most impressive part is the RD-133 engine that features a unique designed round turning nozzles which can provide thrust vector deflection in all direction. The aircraft can perform crazy aerobatic maneuvers and is one of the most maneuverable aircraft in the world today.

MiG-29 OVT at MAKS 2005

Hungarian pilot Zoltan ” Zoli” Veres is a one hell of a pilot. With more than 10,000 hours of flying in his logbook, this guy has flown more than 80 types of aircraft in his life, and still counting. From small aerobatic aircraft like the the Zlin-50 or Extra 300 to large Boeing airliners, this guy tried ’em all. Named “One of the worlds best 12 pilots” in 1995, Zoli won quite a lot of medals at all kinds of aerobatic competitions and air shows. Here is a clip of him doing what he loves… throwing his aircraft all over the sky.

“HUNG”-Aerobatics