This year's Aviation Fair at the Pardubice airport prepared a real eye candy for the audience. For the first time in Czech history, the acrobatic pilots Martin Šonka and Petr Kopfstein gave a demonstration of the tricks they’re showing in races all over the world, despite the fact that the Redbull leadership had decided to put an end to the Red Bull Air Race.
The adrenaline-spiking stunts performed by both pilots of the luxury airplanes blew the collective mind of the audience. If you, by any chance, feel the desire to own such a machine, you must be a really hardcore fan, though. These aircrafts were made solely for competition purposes, and it seems that this might have been the last time people could watch the twenty-seven millions (such is the price of the planes) parade in the sky above them.
"It's still early to discuss their fate, but the machines are essentially unsalable, it's a dedicated machine. You can hardly use it for any purpose other than racing. Unless a true connoisseur who needs to make it in time for a coffee on the other side of the country in the weekends bought one, ”
says our best acrobatic pilot Martin Šonka, and Petr Kopfstein adds:
“It's a unique machine that has a sentimental value for me. The planes are basically part of our family today. ”
A very pricy luxury
The aircraft for aerial acrobatics competitions is worth 10 million crowns and the Red Bull Air Race one 17 million crowns. So far, the management of the race hasn’t made a comment on the future fate of the planes.
The 29th year of the Aviation Fair also featured airplanes owned by the Air Force of the Czech Republic, historical aircrafts from World War I and World War II in re-enacted scenes, and the Flying Bulls Aerobatic Team.