"It's always great to be in Texas," said aerobatic pilot Kirby Chambliss before firing up his Zivko Edge 540 airplane outside the massive Texas Motor Speedway.
In addition to getting in a few practice laps above "The Great American Speedway," in Ft. Worth, Texas, site of the next Red Bull Air Race on September 6-7, Kirby had another reason to celebrate.
August 19 is Orville Wright's birthday, which President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established as National Aviation Day in 1939 to celebrate the growth and advancements being made in aviation. If only FDR could have met Kirby.
Watch the video above to see the native Texan show off his skills, flying extremely low, swooping around the Texas Star Ferris wheel at Fair Park in Dallas, diving under an overpass, and swiftly weaving through trees at nearly ground level.
While the aerobatic flight was fun, Kirby will switch to a race mindset when he returns to Texas and joins the world's best racing pilots for the Red Bull Air Race event. For the latest news about the world's fastest motorsport: Visit the official Red Bull Air Race website, and check FOX Sports 1 for up-to-date broadcast information.
Find more reasons to celebrate National Aviation Day on August 19 at redbull.com/aviationday.