10 gravity-defying shots down the wing of a plane

These images give you a taste of what it’s like being one of the world’s best racing pilots.
Kirby Chambliss of the United States leads Nicolas Ivanoff of France and Matthias Dolderer of Germany over the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in Utah, United States on September 29, 2015. The pilots are ferrying their race planes to the season final of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship held in Las Veags on October 18.
Formation over Navajo National Park © Armin Walcher/Red Bull Content Pool
By Alison Mann

Soaring across the sky at nearly 2,000ft (600m) above sea level, at a speed of 200kts (370kph) and against the clock is something only top pilots will ever achieve. So we’ve gathered together the best wingshot pictures we can find to give you a taste of what the view is like during such extreme flying.

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Checking out a Malaysian mosque

Péter Besenyei of Hungary flies in front of the Putra Mosque during a demo flight to announce the return of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2014 in Put
Péter Besenyei of Hungary flies in Malaysia © Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool

Top pilots get to fly in some awesome locations. Here's Péter Besenyei – known as the 'Godfather of the Red Bull Air Race' because of his experience – flying in front of the Putra Mosque, Malaysia.

Some good navigation

Péter Besenyei of Hungary flies under the Seri Gemilang bridge during a demo flight to announce the return of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2014 in P
Péter Besenyei flying in Putrajaya, Malaysia © Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool

Some precise navigation is needed, as the Godfather again shows his prowess as he squeezes under the Seri Gemilang bridge in Malaysia.

Just hope he doesn’t get travel sickness

Red Bull Air Race Challenger Class Pilot Peter Podlunsek and ski jumper Peter Prevc of Slovenia seen during the G-flight in Murska Sobota, Slovenia on August 28, 2015
Peter Podlunsek and Peter Prevc in action © Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool

Of course, suffering from travel sickness is just not an option.

Air race pilots get to see some incredible scenery

Matthias Dolderer of Germany flies over the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in Utah, United States on September 29, 2015.
Matthias Dolderer soars over Monument Valley © Armin Walcher/Red Bull Content Pool

But if you can handle that, then you get to see places from angles most of us will never see. This is Matthias Dolderer, who first competed in Red Bull Air Race in 2009, as he flies over the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in Utah, United States.

From some amazing angles

Kirby Chambliss of the United States leads Pete McLeod of Canada and Francois Le Vot of France along the skyline of the city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emi
Abu Dhabi formation © Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

And here's two time World Champion Kirby Chambliss giving us a look at the Abu Dhabi skyline alongside fellow pilots Pete McLeod and Francois Le Vot.

They make big towns look small

Peter Besenyei of Hungary takes flight over the city of Rovinj prior to the second stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Rovinj, Croatia on April 10, 2014.
Rovinj as you've never seen it before © Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

Rovinj in Croatia looks tiny looking down the wing of a plane.

Flying over spectacular oceans

Peter Besenyei performs during the Red Bull Air Race press conference in Gdynia, Poland on October 14th, 2013
Don't look down! © Lukasz Nazdraczew/Red Bull Content Pool

The ocean looks spectacular from thousands of feet up.

Formation flying with friends

Nigel Lamb and Paul Bonhomme of Great Britain fly in formation with Matthias Dolderer of Germany prior to the fifth stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Champio
The white cliffs of Dover © Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool

If the views get boring, then Air Race pilots also get to play with their friends. Check out these top Air Race pilots Nigel Lamb, Paul Bonhomme and Matthias Dolderer over the cliffs of Dover.

A bit of upside down flying of course

Matthias Dolderer of Germany performs during the training for the third stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Putrajaya, Malaysia on May 16, 2014
Matthias Dolderer of Germany © Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool

This may not be taken along a wing, but we had to include an upside down shot. Why? Well, look at it. German pilot, Matthias Dolderer in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Watch this teaser for the Las Vegas final which will be live on Red Bull TV this weekend.

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