As insanely dangerous as the event sounds -- it consists of flimsy-looking stunt planes weaving through a series of large pylons at 200-plus miles per hour -- there has been only one crash in eight years of Red Bull Air Races. It happened in 2010 in Perth, Australia, during a practice run when 36-year-old Adilson Kindleman of Brazil lost control of his craft, flipping it into the Swan River. He walked away with minor injuries.
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That was enough, it seems, for organizers to put the event on indefinite hiatus, canceling the races scheduled for 2011, 2012 and 2013 to reorganize and address potential safety concerns.
All that has now been taken care of. The announcement came down yesterday that the Red Bull Air Races are coming back for 2014, and will make one of two U.S. stops in North Texas, flying into the Texas Motor Speedway in September.More »