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Qualifying Day! Malaysia 2014!

The morning of Quali Day was a down pour, consequently changes had to be made to the schedule. The pilots ran an afternoon training session with two flights, followed by the first qualification run. First run and Kirby came in at 1:18.66, followed by a slightly better time in Q2 of 1:18.58. That puts Kirby in the 10th spot for the race, going head to head with Matt Hall.

Kirby felt like he had a great run in Q2 with a very clean line. The times to beat are coming in at 1:15-1:16….Kirby said, ” I’m going to hang it out for a great time, I’ll push as hard as I can!”

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Hot Off The Press, Red Bull Air Race, Malaysia 2014!

Another early day for Team Chambliss, still battling the heat and humidity. Kirby had two training sessions back to back, with two runs each session. Kirby’s fastest time was 1 minute and 17 seconds, still trying to find the perfect line! Stan, Jason and Scott worked on taping all the seams of the plane for aerodynamic reasons, hoping to shave off hundreds of a second.

Tomorrow should make for an exciting day! Qualifying is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, as long as the weather holds. There have been talks of changing Qualifying runs to tomorrow morning, in place of the practice runs. Stay tuned on Facebook.com/KirbyChambliss, Twitter and Instagram @KirbyChambliss for the latest updates!

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Hot Off The Press, Red Bull Air Race, Malaysia 2014!

Hot off the press has taken on a whole new meaning here in Malaysia….It’s super hot!

Kirby had the driver stop this morning so he could get a good look at the track. He flew one time and managed to get four runs on the track. There had been meetings for everyone throughout the day concerning safety and security to media briefings. Kirby and three of the other pilots, Yoshi, Nigel, and Matt, were scheduled for a teaser flight to the city center of Kuala Lumpur to get a closer look at the Petronas Twin Towers! The Towers are 88 stories tall and 451.9 meters, which is 1,482 feet, making it one of the tallest twins in the world! If you have never seen these, they are very cool!

We have received a few questions about the food which is wonderful, a mix of many different nationalities.

We are now down to -2 days before race day! More to come!

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Hot Off The Press, Red Bull Air Race, Malaysia 2014!

Today was interesting, lots going on! Everything from a few test hops to traditional kite flying with the locals. Throw in a few interviews and that was our Wednesday. We are now down to -3 days before the race and counting. The airplane flew well but Kirby wanted to work on adjusting a different set of spades. He doesn’t like these spades as much, the airplane doesn’t handle as well. So you ask why, well, he feels like they make up the difference in time and every second counts!

It started raining at lunch time, quite a down pour! Nothing like a serious rain to cool things off! It rains just about everyday here in Putrajaya, which should make race day pretty interesting! Never a dull moment, stay tuned!

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Hot Off The Press, Red Bull Air Race, Malaysia 2014!

Breakfast at 6am sharp and the Team was off to the hangar to assemble 14KN! We have a driver in Malaysia, thank goodness, they drive on the opposite side of the road! Jet lag plus opposite side of the road equals disaster!

Jason wanted to get an early start to avoid some of the heat…at 70% humidity, it can get pretty stifling. Major components installed including the wing, before 9am, success! Lunch time and the plane was more than half way together and the temps were already in the 90’s, talk about hot! Wondering how Kirby’s going to do with the G-suit? We went shopping and found a huge fan that barely fit in the car, score!

With some luck, Kirby will do a test hop tomorrow! Stay tuned!

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Pilot Bio

Kirby Chambliss
Kirby Chambliss
Years on Team: 19

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.