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Red Bull Air Race, Day One in Japan: Typhoon Trouble

The team has officially arrived in Japan! With a typhoon passing through, the weather brought rain and heavy wind; what a change from sunny Arizona! Some were even brave enough to venture outside in it’s peak, standing at a diagonal to not fall down. While the team enjoyed a little break in work, they are excited to return fresh tomorrow and continue preparing for race day!

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GoPro Spring Favorites!

Excited to share just a few of our favorite photos of the Aerobatic Master, Kirby Chambliss!

 

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Excitement In The Air!

As Team Chambliss gets ready to leave for the Red Bull Air Race in Japan, there’s excitement in the air! Kirby’s brand new canopy is already in Japan with Crew Chief, Jason Resop departing a few days early to make the install. The team is stoked about racing in Japan for the first time! Kirby says, “I haven’t been to Japan since the World Grand Prix in the late 90’s, the people are tremendous, so gracious and inviting.”

The Japan Race might set the tone for the rest of the season, with little time to make changes, since the remainder of the races are so close together. Croatia is just two short weeks after Japan, with Budapest July 5th, followed by Ascot, August 17th.

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Smoke On!

Kirby Chambliss (USA) - Action

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Kirby Chambliss Has The Moves!

Kirby’s aerobatic technique has amazed many through out the years. He has always said that if he can show people something they have never seen before then he has done his job. While he makes his skills look easy, they don’t always start out that way! After an idea comes to mind, Kirby heads to the plane to test, flying at a much higher altitude for safety purposes. However, not all ideas make the final cut; while a certain skill may feel great from the plane, it doesn’t always look that way from the ground. Members of the team stand below and film to help Kirby make this judgment.When satisfied with the overall idea and look of a new skill, Kirby then practices to perfect it. He progressively flies lower and lower as he becomes more comfortable, pushing the limits and increasing intensity! After this process, the skill is now complete; the only thing left is to show it off!

Photo by Sam Myers

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Kirby Chambliss

“When I was 21 years old flying corporate for La Quinta Motor Inn, our chief pilot was a really smart guy and he said, ‘Hey, if this jet ever ends up upside down with a CEO on board, we want you to be able to turn it right side up without killing everyone.’ I thought, ‘Makes sense to me!’” From that point on, flying became more than Kirby had ever imagined.

As a child, Kirby was always playing and running around with toy planes. “I don’t ever remember saying I wanted to be a pilot, I just always wanted to be a pilot.” At only 13 years old, he began flying. By 24, he was the youngest commercial pilot at Southwest Airlines and made captain by 28. Although he enjoyed flying commercial, it became a means to pay for his true love for aerobatics.

Kirby continuously trained to perfect his aerobatic skills and routines, which he was able to display at various air shows. There, he began to establish his continuously growing fan base and earned recognition for his skills with an acceptance onto the U.S. National Aerobatic Team. To date, Kirby has accumulated 13 medals in world competition.

By the early 2000’s, Kirby was recognized as one of the top 15 aerobatic pilots in the world and was asked to compete in the very first Red Bull Air Race. He transferred his explosive, aggressive flying style to the racetrack and is now a two time Red Bull Air Race World Champion.

Kirby resides on the “Flying Crown Ranch” between Tucson and Phoenix with his wife and fellow pilot, Kellie, and their daughter Karly. With a hangar and runway in the backyard, Kirby is only a few steps away from hopping in one of his several planes. (Be sure to check out the “Hangar” on the website to view Kirby’s fleet!)

When not flying, Kirby enjoys jumping out of airplanes and perfecting his skydiving skills. Why jump out of a perfectly good airplane, you ask? Because he has a perfectly good parachute, of course!

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Jason Resop

While Jason Resop’s love for flying started much earlier, it was in high school that he immersed himself in the world of aviation. Jason got a job fueling airplanes at a local airport in Chandler to pay for his hobby, and it was there that he was introduced to Red Bull Air Race pilot, Kirby Chambliss.

He received his private pilot’s certificate at the age of 18, and continued his flight education earning many certifications: commercial, multi-engine, instrument, and flight instructor. After receiving his flight instructor certificate, Jason transitioned jobs from fueling to flight instructing, and also gained a role ferrying Kirby’s planes to air shows and events.

As time went on, Jason became highly interested in the mechanics of Kirby’s airplanes. With his hands-on experience and Kirby’s help, he became a certified technician and began his new role on Team Chambliss as Crew Chief and Ferry Pilot. Jason is now in his 12th year working alongside Kirby. He takes care of and is responsible for the fleet of airplanes.

When Jason gets a chance to put the tools down, he enjoys skydiving with friends, four-wheeling in his Bronco, riding motocross, and mountain biking Arizona’s desert trails.

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Kayla Layton

Kayla Layton became passionate about aviation just after high school when her uncle took her for her first flight in his Experimental Cozy. From that point on, being on the ground wasn’t nearly as exciting as being in the air! She began taking flying lessons at 18, but had to put them on hold to finish paying for college.

While finishing her degrees at Arizona State University, Kayla quenched her thirst for the sky by enjoying weekend flights to breakfast at various airports around the state with her uncle, meeting many passionate aviators along the way. After graduating in 2014, she began pursuing flying lessons again and is now in the final stages of completing her private pilot’s certificate.

As the newest team member to Team Chambliss, she begins her role as Team Communications Coordinator with great enthusiasm. Some of her major responsibilities are managing the team’s schedules at the Red Bull Air Races, social media, sponsor & media relations, and providing extra help wherever the team may need it.

Outside of working with the team, Kayla spends most of her free time flying. When not in the air, she enjoys dancing and hiking.

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Pilot Bio

Kirby Chambliss
Kirby Chambliss
Years on Team: 20

History:

- Five time winner of the U.S. national aerobatic championship. - Current residence: Flying Crown Ranch, AZ - He is one of the best aerobatic pilots in the world. - One of only two American pilots ever to win the Red Bull Air Race world championship. - Flown more than 70 types of aircraft and logged over 26,000 hours ( that's three years!) in the air.