What happens when a highly-skilled, precision-flying crew of aerial athletes is tasked with creating their dream project? This incredible video.
“What we wanted to do was show every air sports discipline we do on the Red Bull Air Force team and put it into one massive sequence,” says RBAF captain Jon DeVore.
Every aerial sport there is in one video
Six months in the making
So, we trust you’re on board with the “whole lot of awesome” description for the RBAF after watching that clip. The sequence shown in the video was the result of over six months of careful research, planning, coordination and rehearsal. You can learn more in the behind-the-scenes edit that will be released on Friday, Jan. 22.
The video featured skydivers/high-speed parachute flyers Jeff Provenzano and Luke Aikins; wingsuit pilots Jon DeVore, Mike Swanson and Andy Farrington; BASE jumpers Miles Daisher and Charles Bryan; and aerobatic plane pilot Kirby Chambliss, with Sean MacCormac handling coordination from the ground thanks to some precision driving from Rhys Millen in an Audi RS 7.
The team chose Moab, Utah, as the setting for the undertaking (which is also where Daisher recently completed his 4,000th BASE jump). “Finding the right location for this project was challenging,” says DeVore. “After a lot of research we came to the conclusion that Moab was going to be the perfect location to accomplish our goals. It gave us everything we needed to go from A to Z in this whole sequence.”
Of course, the project was planned with safety as the number one priority, as is the case with everything the Red Bull Air Force does. “When we first started developing the idea, knowing that so many firsts were going to happen in combining all these disciplines to work together, my biggest concern was how to do it safely,” says DeVore.
“We took a lot of measures to make sure we went into it as safely as possible. Obviously our sport is a bit high-risk, but if you check all the things off your list, you can mitigate that risk and actually make it quite safe.”
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