The Crazy, Surreal World of the Red Bull Air Force

New "Miles Above" video series shines a spotlight on members of Red Bull's elite skydiving team.
Jon Devore, Miles Daisher, Luke Aikins and Mike Swanson, of the Red Bull Air Force Team, soar over the Hollywood sign, during LA Swoopers, in Los Angeles, CA, USA, on 20 October 2011.
Red Bull Air Force Team - Action © Andy Farrington/Red Bull Content Pool
By Andrew T Crafts

It's not easy to join the Air Force -- and we're not talking about the military. The Red Bull Air Force is one of the most elite skydive teams on the planet.

You've probably seen their exploits, either in person, at the movie theater or on the Internet. They've performed stunts in 'Iron Man 3' and soared over the New York City skyline. Just last month, they established and participated in the first-ever wingsuit race (Red Bull Aces). And that's just a small slice of their daring accomplishments.

Miles Daisher, a long-time fixture on the Red Bull Air Force, is the perfect person to introduce the "Miles Above" video series, profiling many of the incredible Red Bull Air Force team members. The series will run in regular installments over the next four months, so check out the teaser below and get ready for some action.

© Brian Nevins/Red Bull Content Pool

Says Miles: “Pumped for the first episode to come out August 19. We'll finally get to share some of our Red Bull Air Force rock-and-roll lifestyle with our fans and friends!”

Daisher, who has completed thousands of skydives and BASE jumps, puts it simply: “We show up, blow up, dial it in, and stick around for the party!”

While it sounds like swashbuckling, carefree fun, it's not quite that simple -- falling from the sky safely takes knowledge, planning, and skill, and that's something these pilots have in plenty.

“We are precision pilots," says team member Jon Devore. "We can't go up, but we can fly down better than most aircraft."

All in all, it's about having fun in the air and creating a good atmosphere for those on the ground, though the pilots acknowlege there are risks.

“It's a super dangerous sport,” says Daisher, “but super dangerous things are really fun! I'm not cheating death, I'm enjoying life!”

Stay tuned for the first episode of the Miles Above video series on National Aviation Day, August 19, with new episodes released every other Tuesday.

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