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    Default RedBull AirRace - Has anyone ever been to this?

    I'm not sure if this qualifies as a sport or not, but this seemed the best place to make a thread about it. My husband saw a commercial a couple months ago for the Red Bull Air Race, and was really interested in going. The Detroit Riverfront is one of the stops, so I got tickets for the May 31-June1 event and we'll stay the weekend. The commercials look pretty cool, and I'm sure it'll be a good time. I had never heard of it before this year and was wondering if anyone else had any info on it.

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    My sister went a few years ago in Portland. From what I've heard it's suppose to be super fun, but beware of a lot of drunk 20 somethings.

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    it was just here a couple of weeks ago. draws quite the big crowd. my neighbors went, and said it was amazing.
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    man i would kill to go!!!! theres 1 down in san diego that i think would just be awesome and a bit scary to attend, u have to tell us about it if u go!

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    Our tickets are for right in front of the Renaissance Center in Detroit, and I am so excited! We are staying at a nearby hotel since it's a two day thing. It seems like it will be a great time, and we're within walking distance of the casinos and a lot of other cool stuff. We may even go over to Windsor ON if we get time. I'm definitely taking my camera. So if my computer illiterate mind can figure out how to post pictures, I definitely will.

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    o damn; that sounds really awesome! do you have to get earplugs?! how many planes are racing? is it a real race or a show?!!!!

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    I don't know what to really expect, to be honest. I doubt I'll wear earplugs. I am under the impression that it is a real race, but I don't really know too much about it...except that it looked fun.

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    Man, I'm jealous ... let me know how it was cause I want to go see one.

    Here's a great vid ... but be warned - the music is terrible. I just watch it on mute and listen to something else. (usually Gangsta Trip by FBSlim)

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca0bggXKIkA[/youtube]
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    Well, so far...not so good. It was too windy today, so after 6 hrs. waiting...the qualifying was cancelled today. We waited around from 9:30 am until 11:00 am to get in the gate. Then we sat and watched a few trick planes and an FA-18 Hornet. It was a beautiful day and it was quite a nice viewing area. We got quite sunburned. They kept pushing back the start time because it was too windy. Then at about 3:30 pm they cancelled it (Saturday qualifying). Pretty bummed out, but what ya gonna do? Tomorrow's race is still on though, so I hope the weather cooperates. Anyhoo, there was plenty around town to do. We went to dinner in Greektown at an awesome pizza place. Then we went to the Greektown Casino where we had fun but didn't win big. Then we went to their rooftop lounge where we watched the city and listened to a pretty great band. Came back to the hotel early so we can be back at the Renaissance Center at 9am. Wish us luck with the weather for Sunday.

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    So sorry lucy ... hey at least you saw a Hornet ... and lets face it, them canceling for wind is better than having a plane crash on your head right?



    Good Luck Sunday!

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    Yay! The weather cooperated and the RedBull AirRace was AWESOME! We had great seats again today (almost the exact same seats as yesterday). The Windsor, ONT side looked like their view was just as good. Today was a lot more crowded than yesterday. USA's Kirby Chambliss won today, but Britain's Paul Bonhomme still leads the points. All of those guys are absolutely crazy! The speeds and maneuvers they pull are ridiculously insane. I was rootin' for Peter Besenyei from Hungary, but he didn't get to the finals. There was some other cool stuff today. There was extreme parachuters, old fighter planes, the Red Bull stunt copter, and the F-18 Hornet pulled a maneuver where it seemed to just hover. I highly encourage anyone who gets the chance, to get tickets for this. I think I successfully posted some pictures below. Yay, I'm kinda surprised i pulled that off.









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    Great pics ... thanks ... awesome! Specially like the F/A-18F Super Hornet one, looks like its halfway through a "cobra" maneuver.

    Great to hear you had a good time and Mom nature cooperated!

    You ever want to see some other really good flying keep your eyes out for the Blue Angels ... nothing beats their "sneak pass"! (you'll understand when you see it)

    Congrats to Kirby!

    Here is my fav Kirby "moment" :

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBYrYjNi53M[/youtube]

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    wow thanks for sharing! those are awesome

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